They live in shrubland, grasslands, forests and along rivers.
During wintertime the adults hibernate. They hibernate in leaf litter, or cracks and crevices in their habitats. Then, come April, they emerge to find a mate to reproduce with.
Therefore, it’s ideal to have piles of leaves, branches, or logs to attract these creatures.
Alternatively, attract ladybirds to your garden and give them a warm welcome by building a bug hotel or a ladybird hotel from pinecones.
You will need:
- Chicken wire
Cut a length of chicken wire 50-80cm long.
Make a pile of pinecones in the middle and lift up the edges to make a bag around them.
Fold in or cut out the excess.
Tie the top of the bag together with string and hang the hotel in a sheltered spot in the garden.
Press the pinecones into one another so the scales link and hold together. You can also tie them together with string.