‘ONLINE’ Beaty@Home Live: What’s in our wasp nest?

Let’s dissect a wasp nest together virtually! Together with Nancy Lee, Museum Interpreter, we’ll unravel the mysteries inside the beautiful paper layers of an aerial yellowjacket’s nest (Dolichovespula arenaria).  It’ll also be a great opportunity to ask any wasp and insect questions, and better understand the colony life of an often misunderstood but fascinating social insect.

For the full dissection experience, you may be interested in recording our data with drawings, labels, and notes about what we find in this particular nest as you are watching.  Here is an example data sheet that you can fill in with your observations or maybe you already have your own field notebook that you like to use for your nature observations. You can also colour in the wasp anatomy diagram.

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Yellowjacket wasps (Dolichovespula arenaria) and nest in thorny tree or shrub. Photo from Wikimedia Commons user xpda. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dolichovespula_arenaria_P1050601b.jpg

This specimen-focused chat with a museum interpreter is recommended for visitors of all ages! If your child hasn’t used zoom before, or needs help with typing, occasional support from an adult or older sibling may be helpful. You’ll have opportunity to ask questions if you join us live! Note that this wasp nest was found and salvaged, and not removed for this activity.

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