Care Instructions for your Live Caterpillar
Your Painted Lady caterpillar will be ready to make its chrysalis in a few days. Here's what will happen:
Here's What You Can Do to Prepare:
Hopefully, some day we will all get a chance to live in a house with a green roof! There are a tremendous number of different designs available - the key is to make sure the house is structurally sound before adding the weight of soil and/or gravel on top. The good news is, some cultures like the Scandinavians, have been building green roofs for thousands of years, so there is lots of experience and data out there about them. I don't recommend planting trees up on the roof, but grass or any small plants that doesn't have a tap root could do well. The NC Nature Research Center has a small green roof that is planted with tiny succulents.
Great class on honeybees this week! Mr. Sean brought in one of his observation hives so we could inside and see the bees at work. We also got to taste honey sticks from a local farmer's market vendor.
Make sure to keep those pollinator garden sheets moist while the flower seeds are germinating!
For those who are interested in extending the learning, here are two citizen science projects about bees that you can get involved in.
A citizen science project tracking the honey bee parasite Apocephalus borealis. For more advanced students - you can make a light trap to collect parasitized bees and send them in to the scientists.
Bumble Bee Watch is a collaborative effort to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees. You can upload photos to the website.
This week's class is on bioremediation.....using plants, mushrooms and microbes to help clean up the soil and water. It was a hit with the 3-5 grade class, some of whom are becoming enthusiastic environmentalists. For the younger ones, keeping concepts simple is key.....after all, a preschooler can't be expected to understand pollution, heavy metals and toxicity. How depressing! BUT..... beautiful plants clean up the soil in the same way that they are learning how to clean up their room. Plus, plants are fun to grow.
I always like to pass on information for parents too in the topics I select for class. So if anyone has concerns about lead-based paint flaking from their house, for example....well, now you know you can grow sunflowers all around your home to take care of it. (Just dispose of them appropriately at the end of the season.)
Inexpensive, beautiful and effective. Way cool science!