It’s a Bug’s Life – Brand New Cakovec Insect Hotel Opens Doors!

Lauren Simmonds

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May the 25th, 2023 – A brand new hotel has recently opened in continental Croatia, but this new addition to the Cakovec hotel scene isn’t exactly what you might expect. Meet the Cakovec insect hotel, which is now ready to serve its winged and multi-legged guests.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, as part of nature protection week, another Cakovec hotel has come to be. Neither tourists nor tourism workers seeking to fatten up their wallets stand to benefit from it, but nature will. This new hotel is intended for insects and was built together by the students of the School of Economics and the employees of the county public institution ‘Medjimurska priroda/Medjimurje nature’. An HRT team followed the construction of the Cakovec insect hotel and found out just why those tiny flying creatures who like to come into our homes and somehow not manage to get back out are being given the five-star treatment.

Antonio Kruselj, a man employed to take care of the local nature, was the first to get to work. Planks, saws, a drill, a stapler and a hotel where solitary bees, ladybugs and other tiny winged creatures will come and stay, was half finished by that point.

“It’s bese extremely important,” said Bina.

“Considering that we also have occupations that can be connected to nature protection and sustainability, such as florists, agricultural technicians, businessmen, this fits nicely into our programme,” said Lea Sprajc, a professor at the local Cakovec Business School.

The new Cakovec insect hotel is still waiting for its new residents in the park near the School of Economics.

“We like to choose such urbanised areas where we humans have reduced biodiversity through our influence, and as such unfortunately reduced their habitats,” said Ivana Horvat from the Public Institution for Nature Protection ‘Medjimurska priroda’.

“Most children are afraid of insects, some people know that they’re useful, but unfortunately they don’t do anything about it,” said Katja from the 3rd grade, who is currently majoring in floristry.

Maybe people will now finally understand precisely how important insects are for the environment and as such for us all, because incentives can now be obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture for the installation of such habitats for insects in orchards.

We’d like to wish all insects who find themselves staying at the new Cakovec insect hotel a very nice time!

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