Discovery Walks

Join Miss Carol as she takes us on a discovery walk to explore wildlife in her backyard!


ITS ALL ABOUT THE BEES

Miss Carol presents: The Honeycomb

Honey Comb is used for eggs, pollen, & honey, which is their food source. Honey starts out as flower nectar and the bees collect this and bring it back to the hive which gets broken down into sugar and is stored inside a honeycomb cell. The bees will use their wings to fan the nectar/sugar which causes evaporation and creates the sweet liquid honey. The honey’s color and flavor varies based on the source of the nectar collected by the bees.

In a previous post Miss Carol showed eggs and larvae in the cells. One of these photos shows the capped brood (larvae) .
Here is a video of a drone bee chewing his way out of the capped cell:

Here is a video of the honey bees bringing in pollen:


Miss Carol presents: The Queen Bee

Bees have different duties in the hive. There are nurse bees, worker bees (these are all female bees), Drones (which are male bees) and the Queen Bee (she is the Mother bee). Beehives will only have one Queen Bee and her job is to lay eggs and she can lay as many as 2000 eggs a day. Worker bees are essential members of the hive, not only do they take care of the queen by feeding and grooming her, they forage for pollen and nectar, tend to drone bees, feed the larvae, help cool down and ventilate the hive and keep the hive clean. The average life span of worker bees is approximately six weeks. This is why the queen bee lays so many eggs, she is constantly replacing the bees after they perish.

Watch the Queen Kunagunda laying eggs:



ITS ALL ABOUT THE BEES🐝🍯 Miss Carol presents : UNPACKING BEES🐝 I became interested in beekeeping after finding honey…

Posted by Vandergrift Public Library on Thursday, September 24, 2020

The video presented here is showing Matt from Carter Farms delivering my package of bees.

To learn more about beginner beekeeping, check out beekeeping books from the library!


Today’s Discovery Walk with Miss Carol is about Honey Bees and the pollen they collect from the flowers of fruits and vegetables.🐝🐝🌻🌺
Miss Carol photographed honey bees while they were gathering nectar and pollen to bring back to their hive for their own nutrition. While doing this, the bees were pollinating our food source.
Bees are one of the most important pollinators we have. Many of the foods grown by farmers such as fruits and vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes, squash, cucumber, etc.), nuts and seeds require pollination by insects.
If you want to watch the bees that Miss Carol photographed, click the link to the video below.
To learn more about the importance of bees you can check this book out from the library. “You wouldn’t want to live without bees!” / written by Alex Woolf ; illustrated by David Antram

🐝Discovery Walk With Miss Carol is on Honey Bees that were found in a dead tree and a bee swarm on a branch. 🐝 Swarming is a natural process in a honey bee colony. Swarming can happen when a beehive is overcrowded and decides it’s time to find a new home. Honey bee swarms may contain several hundred to thousands of worker bees, a few drone bees and one queen. Half of the bees will leave its home and may land on a nearby tree in a cluster around the queen bee. Scouting bees will fly off to find a suitable place to live such as a hollow tree. Then the swarm will break up and fly off to their new home.🐝Honey bee swarms are very calm in most instances. The bees feed before they swarm which reduces their ability to sting.🐝To learn more about honey bees check out a book from our library or from Overdrive: https://catalog.wlnonline.org/polaris/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.5&type=Keyword&term=Bees&by=KW&sort=RELEVANCE&limit=TOM=*&query=&page=0&searchid=1

Posted by Vandergrift Public Library on Thursday, September 10, 2020
Northern White Tailed Deer

🌲🌾It's "Through the Woods Thursday" 🌾🌲Join Miss Carol as she takes us on a discovery walk to explore deer!

Posted by Vandergrift Public Library on Thursday, August 6, 2020

Striped Skunk

🌲🌾"Through the Woods Thursday" 🌾🌲Join Miss Carol as she takes us on a discovery walk to explore a striped skunk!

Posted by Vandergrift Public Library on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Turtles

🌲🌾"Through the Woods Thursday" 🌾🌲Join Miss Carol as she takes us on a discovery walk to explore turtles!Why not check out some books on turtles to compliment this discovery!View or request here with your library card: https://catalog.wlnonline.org/polaris/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.5&type=Keyword&term=turtles&by=KW&sort=RELEVANCE&limit=TOM=*&query=&page=0&searchid=1

Posted by Vandergrift Public Library on Thursday, August 27, 2020

Praying Mantis & Amber Snails

🌲🌾"Through the Woods Thursday" 🌾🌲Join Miss Carol as she takes us on a discovery walk to explore a praying mantis and amber snails.

Posted by Vandergrift Public Library on Thursday, August 13, 2020
Discover Snakes!

Join Miss Carol as she takes us on a discovery walk to explore snakes🐍Why not check out some books on snakes to compliment this discovery!?Request online here: https://catalog.wlnonline.org/polaris/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=42.1033.0.0.5&type=Keyword&term=snakes&by=KW&sort=RELEVANCE&limit=TOM=*&query=&page=0&searchid=3or give us a call 724-568-2212!

Posted by Vandergrift Public Library on Thursday, September 3, 2020