At Gilroy Gardens we went to a “Bee Hut”, and learned about honey bees. Honey bees life is not that common to a human's life. The Honey bees life is weird, but true. The Honey bee uses a waggle dance to communicate the position of nectar they find. Honey bees don’t hibernate, so they do not need to store food for winter. A honey bee helps with pollination when it gathers nectar. The honey bee's stinger is located in the abdomen. The 3 types of honey bees in a colony is a queen, workers, and drones. Honey bee’s have 5 eyes.
Rock Formations & Earth's Core
One of the activities my group went to was “Green Spot 4”. We learned about the Earth’s core, mantle, and crust. We also learned about the three types of rocks. The rocks are called Igneous, Metamorphic, and Sedimentary. Another fact we learned is that two tectonic plates near us are the Pacific Ocean and North American. Finally we learned that the name of the major fault line near us is the San Andreas Fault.
A Monarch’s life is extremely unique. The stages of a Monarch life are larva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalis),and adult (butterfly). The eggs will hatch in 5-10 days. Temperature plays an important role in their hatching process. Once hatched, the larvae eat their eggshell before moving on to the leaf they were hatched on. When Monarch's outgrow their bodies, they molt and continue growing a larger body. After going through this cycle four times, the caterpillar finds a place to form the chrysalis. A chrysalis is where the caterpillar will develop into a Monarch butterfly. It takes several weeks for the butterfly to form. Finally, when it is time, the butterfly pushes its legs down, breaking the chrysalis. The butterfly then hangs for about an hour while it dries before becoming more active and beginning to fly. We learned a lot about the Monarch butterflies, but sadly, there were not any butterflies at the Gardens when we visited. We all hope to see them someday.