As we began to make plans for the rest of the morning, Lisa and Rachael shared another surprise: yesterday Jen found a bee outside and its legs were covered in bright yellow powder. We all looked at the bee under the microscope and wondered what that yellow stuff was. Someone suggested camouflage. Others suggested honey, or nectar. There was a discussion about whether bees eat honey or flowers. When we asked where else the children had see bright yellow powder outside recently, Austin remembered, “pollen!” We wondered some more about the connection between pollen and nectar, and what exactly nectar was. Rachael started to describe where you might find nectar in a flower, and Jack remembered, “Like a honeysuckle! I drank the nectar once, in the woods. It was delicious.” From there, we went on to talk more about bees, sharing stories of bee stings and thinking about different types of bees and whether some were more likely to sting than others. It seemed that everyone had been stung or knew someone who had been stung, but most of us agreed that (for the most part) if we don’t bother the bees, they won’t bother us. As for our little friend, we don’t know what happened to her (we know she's a lady carpenter bee because males don't have stingers) but we hope he can help us learn more about flowers and trees and pollination.
by Lisa & Rachael
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