The back opens so you can add twigs and leaves as decorations.
The sides are a bit rough.
This small home is easy to hang and customise so that you can create a home for butterflies that you can really be proud of. The dewdrop shape makes it a perfect garden decoration even if no bugs show up for a vacation.
21.5 x 13 x 12 cm
FSC timber, bamboo finish
Openable back wall, textile hanging loop
The home is split into 6 sections with 5 types of filler, suitable for practically any kind of insect.
The model is pretty bulky and requires lots of space.
Bugs will check in and they will never leave this beautiful multi-level hotel with sections for any type of insect. If you want more than just butterflies fluttering in your yard, this is the house for you. From lacewings to ladybugs, your garden will become a cornucopia of winged creatures.
Ladybugs, mason bees, grave wasps, butterflies, lacewings, and bees
48 x 31 x 10 cm
Natural wood, fir, bamboo, and pine cones
6 filler types for various insects, gable roof
The green roof blends in among the foliage.
The wood may not fit too tightly on the corners.
A modest slim home that won't be a huge hub of insects but will definitely become a cosy spot for a few butterflies to rest and spend the night. While it's not the best choice for keeping insects safe from the elements during winter, it will be a beautiful garden decoration for the summer.
23 x 14 x 40 cm
Green gable roof
The multitiered roof provides extra protection from the weather.
The wood is not sanded down and requires careful handling.
If you really want your bug friends to survive the harsh winter months, this is exactly what you need. A sturdy wooden house that won't leak or break apart, this is a great choice for those that love cute garden decorations.
Butterflies and other beneficial insects
16 x 15.5 x 10 cm
Multitier roof, metallic hanging loop
Numerous apertures, textures, and wood types are sure to attract a myriad of insects to this home.
You might have to buy additional bamboo sticks.
A solid pick for bug enthusiasts, this model has an openable roof that you can peek through to check on your insect tenants. Besides, the home is easy to fill with twigs and leaves, creating more comfortable housing for the butterflies and any other bugs it attracts.
Butterflies, ladybugs, lacewings, solitary bees, mason bees, and leafcutter bees
23.8 x 14 x 12.8 cm
FSC certified timber, bamboo sticks
Openable roof, mounting aperture, varied texture
Wildlife World DEWBTF
A Place for Them to Drop By
Imagine waking up to a garden full of beautiful butterflies fluttering about, landing on your windowsill, and bringing joy to anybody that visits your yard. And all that separates you from this dream is the lack of the Wildlife World DEWBTF Dew Drop insect house. This beautiful dewdrop-shaped home will be a safe haven for colourful and rare creatures, adding vibrancy to your backyard.
No garden will be complete without some decorations so we advise you to hang up the Wildlife World home on a tree via the textile loop and, perhaps, add a fresh coat of paint in the colour of your choosing. The timber house with the bamboo finish is easy to modify as you see fit, especially since the back wall opens to allow inside customization. Add leaves or twigs to make a cosy home for butterflies and moths, luring the winged creatures to your household so your garden is always filled with streaks of colour flying about. Before you hang it up, though, we’d recommend sanding down the sides a bit as they’re not polished enough and you could catch a splinter if you run your hand over the wood.
This simple yet elegant Dew Drop home will be a safe haven for butterflies big and small, filling your garden with the flutter of wings. And even when the winter comes, the Wildlife houses look great, their small walls covered in pristine white snow. We’d recommend them even as a simple decoration for your backyard.
Deuba XXL Insects Hotel
No Oceanview Suites but Plenty of Space
Don’t get too many butterflies in your area but wouldn’t mind making a proper home for other pretty insects that tend to occupy your plants? Well, the Deuba XXL Insects Hotel may not be a Hilton-level tower of luxury suites but it’s sure to attract any winged creatures making their way across your yard.
The house has 6 sections with 5 types of filler, suitable for any little bug from a bee to a wasp to even a ladybug! Mount this on a tree in your backyard and it will be swarming with butterflies and lacewings in no time, especially since the hotel is made out of all-natural materials. Fir, bamboo, and pine cones are ecologically friendly and familiar to the insects, making it easier to coax them into settling in for a night or two.
However, before you take on the responsibility of running a hotel for the bugs, make sure you have the managing skills for it. We’re kidding, of course, but you will indeed have to make some space as the house is 48 x 31 x 10 cm, definitely on the bigger side.
If you do have space and want to provide all the pretty insects in the neighbourhood with a place to stay, the Deuba XXL Hotel is just the real estate you need! Once you’re open for business, the wooden accommodations will get filled up fast and overshadow even the legendary Fawlty Towers.
Roots & Shoots 955001
Safe Haven for Your Winged Friends
Want a modest yet spacious home that will attract butterflies without standing out like a sore thumb? Well, you might need something that blends with the colours in your garden, something like the Roots & Shoots 955001.
Its green gable roof not only looks nice, it fits beautifully into any garden and can be hidden among the branches of a tree. The design owes a lot to classic birdhouses but the entrances are made to be as slim as possible so that only butterflies and moths can get in, guaranteeing that the little creatures are not only comfy but safe as well.
The choice of plywood means that the house is pretty sturdy and won’t deform over time but we do have some qualms about the overall construction quality. Many units seem to have small gaps on the corners, which could lead to water leaking into the home. We’d advise going over your purchase carefully to see if it’s sealed tight and, if not, giving it a couple whacks with a hammer to put everything in its proper place.
That said, this is still a very sensible basic butterfly house for garden decoration. You will surely see a couple of bugs making a home for the winter in this cosy spot and the pretty design will be a welcome addition, meshing well with your yard.
A Cosy Winter Chalet
Looking to give your local bugs a place to stay for the cold seasons but you’re afraid of leaks flooding their little home? Don’t you worry, we have just the thing for you as the Gardigo 90530 will keep the insects dry and cosy.
This model has a multitiered roof with upper layers covering the lower ones and providing extra protection in addition to looking good. The round home is quite small despite this solid and bulky roof and thus fits easily into even the smallest yard. You can hang it up on a branch via the metallic hanging loop, which will withstand the elements just as fine as the house itself.
Having this round home in your garden means attracting not only beautiful butterflies but other beneficial insects that will pollinate your flowers and hunt any pests that might harm plants.
Do note that the wooden walls aren’t sanded down and you have to be careful when hanging up the house, lest you get a bunch of splinters in your fingers. You could sand the wood down yourself but we find that the rough look adds to the rustic charm of the house, making it seem like a little country cottage.
So if you really want your pals to survive the harsh British winter, this is a great solution. No water will seep into the home and the inside is cosy enough to provide the insects with a place to stay for months, if not years.
Wildlife World LBT3
One Home Fits All
Having butterflies fluttering around your garden is nice but being able to observe them in their cosy home would also be quite an interesting experience, right? That’s exactly why we like the Wildlife World LBT3 Friendly Bug Barn, which gives you unrestricted access inside the house to see a myriad of insects you’ll have staying over for a rest in your yard.
The roof on this model opens easily, both so you can take a peek at the insect kingdom in your yard and so you’re able to add twigs, leaves, and other comforts for the creatures to enjoy. You actually get some bamboo sticks with the purchase but we feel like there could have been more of them and we’d advise putting in a few more accessories to attract different types of bugs. In total, you could get ladybugs, lacewings, bees, and others coming to rest in this cosy little barn.
Mounting the Wildlife World LBT3 Friendly Bug Barn will be easy as it has a designated aperture for the task and the timber walls are lightweight enough to hold comfortably while you’re hanging up the house. Of course, you could simply leave it standing on the grass, though a pet might knock the home over, causing a bit of a housing issue for the creatures.
To sum up, if you have a keen interest in insects and their lives, the Wildlife World LBT3 is a good choice. This modest barn will let you house and observe many different types of bugs, opening a window to their world.
What Is a Butterfly House?
Butterflies are good at a whole lot of things. First of all, they certainly know the ins and outs of looking more attractive than 99% of creatures on this planet. Other than that, they are also very important when it comes to natural pest control and pollination. However, surprisingly enough, these majestic and fascinating creatures are terrible carpenters, which is why they thoughtfully outsource the job of building them houses to us. Since most types of butterflies tend to hibernate through those winter months that tend to be quite cold, they need a place that will be able to protect them from wind, rain, and all kinds of different predators. Of course, as attractive and important butterflies are, they aren't the only fascinating insects out there, which is why some of the butterfly houses are also capable of housing other types of insects such as moths, ladybirds, lacewings, and a slew of other creatures. In order to accommodate them, these products differ in size, design, and the sort of materials the manufacturers tend to use.
Of course, this kind of house will add a touch of beauty to your yard but if you want more, take a look at these garden furniture sets. Or, if you plan on having guests over, you'll also find a good use for a fire pit.
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3. Robert Korpella What do Butterflies do for the Environment? Sciencing. March 13, 2018.
4. How to build a butterfly and pollinator garden in seven steps, FWS. March 21, 2018.