We took a break from our regular studies this week (all but math) and decided to study bees and wasps.
There are a lot of bees and wasps on our apartment complex’s property. We all despise them. We found something that looks like the start of a wasp nest in our backyard and thought it would be fun to study them (indoors). I found a bunch of resources and thought I’d share them. We’ve learned so much about them, and I think it has helped with the fear of bees. Now we only fear wasps. LOL
Online Research & Information
Everything About Bees – “Bee, common name for a winged, flower-feeding insect with branched body hairs.”
Everything About Wasps – ” Wasp, common name applied to most species of hymenopteran insects, except bees and ants. Insects known as wasps include the sawflies, the parasitic wasps, and the stinging wasps, which are the best known.”
Bees and Wasps – “The insects most beneficial to humans are found in the large insect order Hymenoptera. Not only are the bees and many of their relatives pollinators of flowering plants, including fruits and vegetables, but thousands of species of small wasps are parasites of other arthropods including pest insects. Without these parasites that limit the growth of insect populations, pests would overtake most crops.”
Africanized Honey Bees – “Africanized honey bees have moved into the Southwest and are here to stay. In addition to the safety issues that need to be addressed because of the defensiveness of these bees, honey bees are also fascinating subjects to study. These lesson plans were developed to familarize students with honey bees and bee safety issues through a variety of interesting activities.”
Various Bees – “There are about 20,000 different species of bees in the world. Bees live in colonies and there are three types of bees in each colony.”
The Bees and Wasps, and the Hornets – Aesop’s Fable
BBC Nature – Wonderful close up video of bumblebees. We learned a lot from the series of videos.
BBC Wasps – Video of wasps.
Vanishing of the Bees – You can stream the documentary online for $3.99. “Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.”
Silence of the Bees – “In the winter of 2006, a strange phenomenon fell upon honeybee hives across the country.”