Earthy colors all around. An insect house at the Ladd Arboretum illuminated by rare winter sunshine, on an unseasonal warm February afternoon. (Photo by Joerg Metzner, 2-12-23) Credit: Joerg Metzner

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  1. That is actually a piece of public art. If you see it from the other side, you will see a “bonnet” on top. So it was given a female name, “Meg Chilidae, Prairie Sanctuary,” after the megachilidae family of a native pollinator. It is, consequently, a dwelling for indigenous pollinators, solitary bees and other insects. By Janet Austin and Emily Mooerhead Wallace of Chicago Sculptors International.”