Created in collaboration with Jacqui Symons for Chester Zoo Wild Worlds.

ArthroPods builds on the success of the ABumbleBeeAbode Project for Chester Zoo Wildlife Connections in 2016 to create a series of Luxury Insect Hotels to encourage engagement with native wildlife found at the zoo.

The bespoke structures each have their own unique design but feature similar elements and repeated components throughout to ensure a cohesive style. The ArthroPODS are fabricated to a high quality yet will remain accessible to visitors and members alike as aspirational ideas to take home and create Bugabodes for their own gardens
 Located close to the Butteryfly House on san area of ‘waste land’ ┬áplanted for the project with native species to create a mini-meadow pollinator habitat the newly christened Insect Avenue provides a year round home for a wide variety of insects and invertebrates from winter hibernation spaces, overnight accommodation and wet weather shelter to nest sites for solitary bees*.

*The ArthroPods included a number of trap-nests with viewable nest tunnels for solitary bees and in their first year provided nest spaces for Megachile centucularis (Patchwork Leaf-cutter bee) and Megachile ligneseca (Wood carving leaf-cutter bee).





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