We've been wanting an insect house for over a year now. Instead of purchasing one, we decided to stack our empty clay pots and insert natural materials from our neighborhood and yard. So far, we are trying dead leaves, sticks, pine needles, sand and shells, rocks, pine cones, and dried sweet gum seed pods in each cubby.
The insect house is situated in a corner of the yard under an oak tree in partial shade with Virginia Creeper vines. A small shed blocks a lot of wind and rain. Hopefully, we attract pollinators for our monarch butterfly garden and maybe ladybugs to eat the aphids. Our compost bins are nearby, so decomposers may want to hang out more often? There are insects under the leaves we choose not to rake in the backyard, but now there's a completely undisturbed option!
It's a beautiful and fun display as well--a nice place to sort the collection of natural items we've found.
Cross our fingers we would also love to attract more birds and reptiles in our backyard food web.