An observation hive was exhibited for students to view and the components of a hive were presented to show the internal makings of a hive. Students sampled honey sticks while learning the process in which bees convert nectar to honey and the students were shown how honey was removed from the comb using an extractor. The students showed a lot of interest in the samples of Steinerís homemade honey, beeswax, beeswax candles, soap and lip balm that were displayed and handed around.

  Some extracted honey and wax samples.

    Students at Bellows Fall Union High School recently gathered around to learn about bee behavior during a bee demonstration that was conducted by one of the high schoolís science teachers, Mrs. Steiner. During the demonstration Steiner shared her experiences in beekeeping, which she became involved with about twenty years ago.

                    Observation Hive

    The demonstration was part of the studentsí animal behavior unit where students gained knowledge on how these animals use both innate and learned behavior to survive. Students learned that when bees locate nectar sources they reveal its location to the other bees in the colony through a waggle dance. The importance of pheromone signaling in maintaining colony structure was also emphasized as well as the discovery of how vital communication is for the survival of the bee colony. © 2009
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