As you may have already discovered, we are busy re-envisioning our public space and have a looooooooooooooong list of ideas for new exhibits. Numerous people have asked whether the honey bee observation hive will be part of the new Frost Museum. It definitely will! The revolvable frame was our most popular exhibit, a fascinating window into the world of honey bee biology. Watching it was like watching a camp fire – mesmerizing.
Today I found a Vespula maculifrons queen (Eastern Yellowjacket) exploring our now-empty observation hive, perhaps assessing its appropriateness as a nesting site. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a wasp observation hive?! What other kinds of observation nests could we have?
Alas, I don’t think it’ll take. These wasps normally nest underground, and based on her frantic pacing she just wanted to get out and back into the real world.