Discovery Walks

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


WILDLIFE


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:



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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