Friday, June 15, 2012

Bee Stomping

I have a simple microscope that I have been looking forward to using with grandkids. Yesterday Max and Finn and I got out the microscope and did some science. Here are Max and Finn on the lawn at the park stomping bees in the clover. We needed some bees' wings to look at in the microscope. Hence, the stomping at the park.

They picked up the dead bees using the tweezers from the microscope kit and put them into collecting vials. In this photo, the boys are holding the tweezers and the vials.

And this photo is of the magnified leg of an insect as seen through the microscope and photographed using my Sony Cybershot point-and-shoot camera. Although not the leg of one of the bees (we have yet to pick the bees apart) you can certainly see that the microscope is working. Today we will look at bee wings and legs and a bird's feather and other assorted gathered specimens.

By the way, I got the closeup photo by holding the camera up to the eyepiece of the microscope, focusing using the telephoto function, and shooting. You might have to try this maneuver a few times before it works, but trust me, it will work. We have done photographs of the moon through a telescope using the same trick.

Copyright 2012
Wanda Hayes Eichler


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