Day 49 Deer Lake, Nova Scotia   Leave a comment

Driving to Deer Lake, we stopped at Arches Provincial Park to see the natural-formed arches along the to see the natural-formed arches along the to see the natural-formed arches along the to see the natural-formed arches along the to see the natural-formed arches along the to see the natural-formed arches along the to see the natural-formed arches along the to see the natural-formed arches along the to see the natural-formed arches along the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The formation formed over millions of years as a result of glacial action, wind and water erosion, and other environmental changes.

Severe storms continue to slowly change and erode the Arches. In the future, they will probably be reduced to rock pillars or sea stacks.

The Insectarium was one place I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy. It was so interesting; I wished we had more time to spend there. There are only 2 insectariums in Canada. Lloyd the owner gave a very interesting talk on bees.

I didn’t know honey bees could be so interesting. Honey bees consist of three casts. Workers, who are female, drones, who are male, and a single queen.

Workers perform all of the duties required in the hive, including feeding the young, cleaning, building honeycomb, and collecting the nectar. They change jobs depending on their age. The drone serves no purpose in their own hive, but occasionally search for a queen from another hive to mate with. The queen bee’s only job is to lay eggs. A queen is slightly longer than an ordinary worker bee. She will usually leave the hive only once in her life to mate with several drones. After doing this, she is fertile for the rest of her life, which can last several years. She is capable of laying 1,000 eggs daily. She is constantly surrounded by a group of attendant bees who feed and clean her as she works. They have put a white dot on the queen bee’s thorax so that you can spot her easily.

A queen only lives 6 years and takes 16 days to hatch. A bee must be born a queen bee. Once they are ready for a new queen, they search for a fertilized egg (males are produced by nonfertilized eggs) and feed it differently. They will try to make about 10 queen bees at a time. Within the 10, only 1 will be the queen. The others are killed off. The worker bee lives about 35-45 days. Their job is to serve the queen. As they progress, their jobs change. Once they are at the stage where they go out and collect nectar, they come back to the hive and communicate to the other bees where to find the nectar. It was fascinating.

There were 2 live scorpions

And a few tarantulas

They have now added a section on butterflies. In a glass case, they have placed cocoons. What a cool way to see a butterfly release.

A got a few quick photos of the butterflies flying around before my camera lense fogged up.

One of the pretty blue ones flew onto Floyd’s nose. But you can’t tell he’s blue until he opens his wings.

If you notice, the wing kinds looks like an owl. Butterflies disguise themselves to keep from getting eaten.

After viewing the live butterflies, we looked at his collection of butterflies.

Now you can see why it would have been easy to spend more time.

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