flower cocoons and outdoor monday

Today I read about the O. avoseta bee that “uses flower petals to make nest wallpaper…. Each nest is a multicolored, textured little cocoon — a papier-mache husk surrounding a single egg, protecting it while it develops into an adult bee;” read the rest of the article and see pictures of the beds here.  What a wonderful nest to be born in!

The Challenge

I couldn’t resist the challenge of making some flower cocoons myself and got the little ladies involved. There was one rule to follow for this challenge- all items to make the cocoons must come from nature, no man-made glue or tape was allowed. So the little ladies picked flower petals and agreed on honey as the glue to stick the petals together, knowing that the bees use nectar, they thought honey was the next best thing! Then we got started making the cocoons.

 Fauna found this challenge very easy; I’m guessing  it’s because she used a lot of honey and doesn’t mind sticky fingers!

 Araina had a little trouble with this challenge; so she designed a new iris species instead.

 Denali helped with clean up. We didn’t know that huskies liked honey! 

*Now to go and wash the honey out of my hair. Thanks Fauna! ;)

Outdoor pic for today- the little ladies have been great at tending to the garden daily.

  If you are participating in Outdoor Challenge Mondays, be sure your blog link is below; if you still want to participate let me know and I’ll add you to the list.

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26 Comments

  • June 1, 2010 - 12:01 pm | Permalink

    I just found your blog and would love to be included in the outdoor Monday challenge. I will post today! I will keep looking at your lovely blog too. We are dealing with quite a bit of rain here still but get out between storms. :)

  • May 16, 2010 - 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Denali is beautiful! You ladies should work on that new Iris species, maybe there’s big money in that ;)
    The girls are too cute, I wonder if they like thinning out seedlings as much as mine do?

  • May 12, 2010 - 8:34 am | Permalink

    Beautiful! I’m getting more and more excited thinking about all the projects Luna and I will be doing when she gets a little older :) .

  • May 12, 2010 - 4:53 am | Permalink

    I’d love to take up the challenge if im not too late?

  • May 12, 2010 - 1:19 am | Permalink

    I’m late, but have an outdoor post!

    http://www.bumblesandlight.com/2010/05/in-the-garden/

  • May 11, 2010 - 11:17 pm | Permalink

    Just an FYI: glue can be made from boiling animal hide/hooves. My husband makes “hide glue” from elk and deer hides. It’s supremely stinky but very adhesive!

  • May 11, 2010 - 9:35 pm | Permalink

    Yay! Another challenge! =) I was just thinking we got out even more when we had a challenge to do. Please sign us up. wonderinthewoods.worpdress.com

  • May 11, 2010 - 11:14 am | Permalink

    mmm…. What a tasty craft project!

  • May 11, 2010 - 9:41 am | Permalink

    What a great post. I love honey too. This week has been so incredibly busy with a graduation happening for my daughter. We will be here Monday complete with outdoor photo. Enjoy !

  • May 11, 2010 - 9:29 am | Permalink

    I had to click over and look at the bee’s nest…how cool is that?! Can’t wait to try this activity, too, when my boy is a wee bit older. ;-)

    http://oakbeefarm.wordpress.com/2010/05/10/a-lovely-day/

  • May 11, 2010 - 6:12 am | Permalink

    The cocoon making looks like tremendous fun and the results look good enough to eat. My boys would eat them, I know! One of them sticks his whole hand in the honey jar so he would love this!

    Here’s our outdoor play
    http://freeflowingways.blogspot.com/2010/05/dry-mud-towers.html

  • May 11, 2010 - 12:55 am | Permalink

    I read that article about the bees–fascinating!

  • May 11, 2010 - 12:22 am | Permalink

    Ok, you know I love the husky picture ;) I agree you are brave! It all looks so beautiful, though.
    Here’s our Monday post (husky included – hee,hee): http://frontierdreams.blogspot.com/2010/05/for-love-of-oregon.html

  • May 10, 2010 - 11:29 pm | Permalink

    I just posted about our recent discoveries: http://foursquareschoolhouse.blogspot.com/2010/05/outdoor-monday-ladybugs-such.html

    Honey in your hair–UGH!

  • May 10, 2010 - 11:20 pm | Permalink

    The first picture is just beautiful!!!!

    Claudia

    http://lilmuselily.com/2010/05/11/monday-outdoors-picture/

  • May 10, 2010 - 11:11 pm | Permalink

    I saw the article on the bees earlier this past week and thought of you. How cool that you made it into an activity for the girls.

  • May 10, 2010 - 10:24 pm | Permalink

    love the colors and beautiful photos!

  • May 10, 2010 - 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Very cute! And what an interesting bee.
    Thanks for hosting the Monday outdoor challenge.
    I did an outdoor post and linked back here to your blog today.

    http://myyearinhaiku.blogspot.com/2010/05/photograph-by-age-4-butterfly-remains.html

  • May 10, 2010 - 10:11 pm | Permalink

    Fun activity! Love the brigt colors.

  • May 10, 2010 - 9:46 pm | Permalink

    What fun you had!
    We’re sick with the fever, sore throat, headache yuckiness today, so no outside time even though they begged to go out. Maybe tomorrow!
    Blessings,
    Catherine :)

    • May 10, 2010 - 9:49 pm | Permalink

      YUCK! That was my girls 2 weeks ago. Mean old germs, don’t they realize it’s spring and that illness is supposed to be over by now? Get better soon!

  • May 10, 2010 - 9:44 pm | Permalink

    You are a brave mama! What a cool activity though. :)

  • May 10, 2010 - 9:30 pm | Permalink

    I caught this about the bees the other day – really interesting species! I love, love, LOVE that you and the girls turned it into a science experiment. Such inspiration to come from nature!

  • Robin
    May 10, 2010 - 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know if it is because i know the little ladies so well, but I found this to be your funniest and cutest post yet! I was laughing and hitting Erik shoulder (Poor Erik was trying to watch 24…he we unsuccessful during this time :) Of course Araina would create a new flower! So, funny!!!!

    • May 10, 2010 - 9:31 pm | Permalink

      I know, their actions in this challenge really are examples of their personalities. Oh, the conversation was hilarious…..Araina was a little “woe is me, I can’t get these to stick” while dipping Stevia leaves in the honey; Fauna was all sticky and making the world around her just as sticky! She got my hair a couple times and Denali is all sticky now too! What a crazy activity!

      • Robin
        May 10, 2010 - 10:14 pm | Permalink

        Even better! Totally see Fauna with sticky hair and poor denali!!!!

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