Nature Education - Spring

Spring butterflies, spring blossoms!

Spring butterflies, spring blossoms!

Posted Thursday May 7, 2020
This video was made on May 1, 2020, at Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge, an AOK Legacy Sanctuary.   Meet one of the spring butterflies in Kansas, the Gorgone Checkerspot. ...
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Cellophane Bees

Cellophane Bees

Posted Wednesday May 6, 2020
 “Cellophane Bees” are among the first bees out in the spring.   Unlike our non-native honeybees, these native bees are solitary nesters; they do not live in a hive.  The females find or dig burrows in the ground where they create brood cells for their eggs.   They exude a substance from an abdominal gland that seals off the brood cells, just like cellophane.  The “cellophane” keeps water out of the brood cells, allowing these ...
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