As I wiped the counter clean of drips from the breakfast dishes, I spied, through the kitchen window, a bumblebee buzzing the pink mimosa blossom. Then a butterfly at work on another. Yes, today was the day to learn more about what was buzzing around in our backyard. Before we went out, we peeked through the window at the sunflowers. We didn’t see any bees on the flowers. But, all we had to do was step outside…
Right at the top of the back door frame we’ve been watching a paper wasp for weeks. The wasp has been making a nest (which we considered knocking down several times simply because this is right where everyone goes in and out and right next to the family table). It’s been a first hand look at what we learned is the metamorphosis of the wasp.
Then we were pushed inside (running!) when we saw a yellow jacket, remembering that there was a nest in the ground in the same spot last summer.
We talked about how we have had, on occasion, the opportunity to study an abandoned hornet’s nest. My uncle brought one to us last summer when he cut down a limb. Fascinating piece of nature! I also thought it interesting that ants and honeybees are classified together. Being industrious builders and workers.
Then, of course we ended our study with a snack of honey. Talking of the tupelo plant we saw up at my Daddy’s house. Tupelo honey being what we use to make our homemade bread and top off our toast.