6 legs, 5 eyes

Bees may seem like they are just little jerks that want to sting you, but think again.  Did you know that bees pollinate flowers to help them grow?  If bees ever became extinct there would be a famine around the world.  This is because bees pollinate our fruits, and if we had no fruits to grow, the animals that we eat would die out because every food chain starts with a producer that most likely needs to be pollinated.  They also produce honey which is good for you.

Bees are really cool insects! Did you know that bees fly at 15 mph, approximately 5 times faster than humans walk.  They have 6 legs.  Did you know that bees have front and rear wings (4 wings in total)? A bee has five eyes.  Two compound eyes and three simple eyes.  I bet you never thought a bee’s anatomy would be so intriguing!

Bees also come in all shapes and sizes.  The most common bees are honey bees, carpenter bees, sweat bees, apidae and bumble bees.  But in those species of bees there are classifications that I like to think are similar to a caste system.  The most important bee in the colony is the queen bee.  Sometimes she produces 2,500 eggs a day.  Also, there are worker bees.  They sometimes die from working so hard!  In the winter months, they live longer than when it is warmer.  Lastly, drones.  Drones are male bees who do not sting, their job is to basically mate with the queen bee.  Worker bees take care of drones, so they are awfully high maintenance.

Do you want to know more about bees?  There are lots of informative websites on the internet and I linked a couple in this post. I hope you liked my article and also liked learning more about bees.  Tell me your favorite fact about bees in the comments!

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News About Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is one of the the Natural Wonders of the World. This unbelievably large and breathtaking waterfall was first documented of being discovered by a French priest named Father Louis Hennepin, in 1678. It was said that Hennepin was on a expedition, and when he found Niagara, he was in awe. When he returned to France, Hennepin published his expedition as “A New Discovery”. From this, the popularity of Niagara Falls grew and grew.

Niagara is so large that it crosses from the Niagara Falls, New York border all the way into Ontario, Canada! When you are standing on either side (America or Canada), you can clearly see    the other country, and while you are at the rails that overlook Niagara, you can feel the mist of the waterfall, even if you are lots and lots of feet higher than the bottom of the falls. After all, there are approximately 750,000 gallons of water pouring over Niagara Falls every second!

Niagara is a naturally formed waterfall that flows from the Great Lakes Michigan, Superior, Huron and Erie. It then flows into Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River and eventually the Atlantic Ocean.  But we can’t forget about the other extravagant waterfalls that can be found in Niagara Falls, New York. These waterfalls are called Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. Horseshoe Falls is mostly located in the Canadian side, whereas the American Falls (as you can probably infer by its name) is located completely on the American side. These two are separated by a small piece of land in between them called ‘Goat Island’.

If you want to learn and hear more about Niagara Falls, then you can visit the Niagara Falls Official Website                                                    

This photo was taken by a family member of mine when I was at Niagara Falls.

This photo was taken by a family member of mine when I was at Niagara Falls.

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Terrific Trilobites

Most people don’t know that Ohio has a State Fossil. Ohio’s state fossil is the Trilobite. A trilobite is a fish that lived 526 million years ago. The trilobite is about 70 cm long or about two feet long! They were actually one of the first lifeforms to have complex eyes! Collecting trilobites has even been happening for a long time, trilobites have been found in human burial grounds from 50,000 years ago! Even though the Trilobite is the state fossil, finding a trilobite can be quite difficult in Ohio.ohio

If you’ve been wondering this whole time, what is a fossil? Well a fossil is, “the remains or impression of a prehistoric organism preserved in petrified form or as a mold or cast in rock.” So who studies fossils and what is the study of fossils? Paleontology is the study of fossils and a Paleontologist study fossils. There are millions of fossils just waiting to be discovered by paleontologists. Without fossils we wouldn’t know anything about the history of the Earth or the plants and animals that roamed on the Earth millions of years ago.

Did you know that Ohio use to be in a more tropical/warmer climate zone millions of years ago? Trilobites and other fossils helped discover that. Fossils around the Ohio region, like the Trilobite were fossilized in a ocean like rock that helped show that Ohio (or where the fossil was found) was in a tropical and sea area. Many other fossils that were found around the Ohio region like corals, crinoids, algae also proved that Ohio use to be covered with water.trilobite1

Like the trilobite, fossils are the reason we know so much about the Earth millions of years ago. That’s why fossils are such an crucial part of the Earth. I encourage you to try and research some of the fossils in the region you live in! Maybe even go hunting for fossils! Comment below if you have any questions or facts to tell me!

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Trilobite Picture, https://nature.nps.gov/
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