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Insect Study Centre

Our Insect Study Centre is a large scale, interactive centre that provides a range of valuable habitats for the study of a variety of beneficial insects like moths, solitary bees and ladybirds.

Design features:

  • Made from sustainably sourced timber.
  • Solar Insect Attic
  • Over-wintering chamber
  • Big bug magnifying chamber
  • Lacewing chamber
  • Solitary Bee study hive

The centre offers a mix of refuges for insects and features which allow you to inspect and view insect activity, providing fascinating entertainment and education for all the family.

Great for the garden or for schools as an education tool in teaching children the importance of pollinators.

Size: 800mm (h) x 300mm (w) x 200mm (l)

Price: £170.00


Solitary bees

Over 90% of our bee species are solitary, and although these solitary species may often nest in dense populations, each nest is the work of a single female.

The offspring of those solitary bees, active in spring, complete their development in the late summer and over-winter as adults, emerging the following year. Offspring of the later-appearing species over-winter as full grown larvae and mature the following spring.

There is a selection of common solitary bees that can be found in Britain's gardens. These can be formed into two groups, the Mining Bees and the Cavity Nesting Bees.


Moths are just as affected by habitat loss as butterflies, with numbers dropping by a third since 1968. Some moths, like the Reddish Buff and Barberry Carpet are highly threatened. Other species, like the Bordered Gothic may now be extinct in the UK.

Moths are an essential part of the food chain for birds, bats and mammals. Blue Tit chicks alone feed on an estimated 35 billion caterpillars a year in Britain. The sharp drop in our garden bird populations may be directly related to the drop in moth numbers.

Studying moths was a fashionable hobby as far back as the early 1700s. Many of the species more fanciful names, like Peach Blossom and Puss Moth, were coined at this time.


• One ladybird may eat over 4000 aphids in a lifetime.

• Ladybirds lay eggs on plants, usually near aphids or similar infestations. Baby ladybirds are called larvae – they hatch from eggs after 3-4 days.

• Larvae turn into adult ladybirds after about 3 weeks.

• Ladybird habitats provide refuge all year round.

• Ladybirds secrete reflex blood (foul tasting yellow fluid) to deter predators.

• The harlequin ladybird from Asia out-competes our native species for food, as well as preying on larvae and is thus considered a serious threat.

Buy from us, help transform lives

The Eden Project is an educational charity and social enterprise, changing lives and making a difference where we can. When you buy something from our shop, you're supporting our work, as all profits go to our educational programmes.

We've worked with groups of homeless people and former offenders to create amazing gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show. Not only have they have won medals but have boosted individuals' self-confidence and given them new skills.

Find out more about the social inclusion projects at Eden.

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