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!
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.
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