Promote offspring with clay and sand
Moist clay is one of the most important materials for nest building. If you want to help insects, you can do this very easily by creating an open floor area. Get clay, clay or loess, look for a suitable place in the garden and attach it there.
Open ground: Many insects, such as the mason bee, the mason wasp and the barrel wasp, need clay to build their nests. They close the breeding caves with it. Some even build nests made only of clay. Moist clay is therefore one of the most important materials for nest building for animals and is now hardly to be found in many gardens due to the heavily sealed soil. If you want to help insects, you can do this very easily by creating an open floor area. Get clay, clay or loess, look for a suitable place in the garden and attach it there. Whether on a dry stone wall, in an insect hotel or as a surface on the ground – the builders will be grateful.
Sand areas: Sand areas are also gratefully accepted. For example, the willow sand bee digs its nesting holes in the sand and lays its eggs there. You can help them by offering an open area of sand in the garden.
Clay puddle: An additional offer that insects will appreciate, especially during the hot season, is a water point. This can be created in the form of a clay puddle. For this purpose, a 15 to 20 cm thick send loam or clay is simply laid out in a hollow, solidified and filled with water. Or simply put it in a planter and keep it moist.
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