ay 41-43 Deer Lake and Labrador   Leave a comment

While waiting for our musical performance at the Insectarium, we gathered for a social.

The “Sharecroppers” entertained us “inside” the insectarium. That was a little creepy amongst the bugs, but we sure felt special.

We are always ready for newfie music. A lot of foot stompin and clappin going on. We are getting spoiled with all the music we’ve been getting.

The Insectarium was one place I would have never thought would be so interesting. I could spend all day there! I wished we had more time. There are only 2 insectariums in Canada. Lloyd the owner gave a very interesting talk on bees. Now I’m ready to start our bee farm.

Honey bees are 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 a honey brown color and 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. After she finds a clean place to lay her eggs, she moves on to the next while the worker bees quickly move out of her way.

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 with “royal jelly.” 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 get older, 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 lens 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.

What a beautiful drive to St. Barbe! We drove right through the clouds. I had my camera ready for the moose we thought we would see, but all we saw were 2 lost cows, below right.

They had to be lost because we were in the middle of nowhere.

Along the coast, we were not able to stop at Arches Provincial Park to see the natural-formed arches along the Gulf of St. Lawrence. We were able to stop on our trip 4 years ago, so I’ve included those photos. 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 night before the ferry to Labrador, we had an ice cream social and our “Christmas in July” gift exchange that we postponed due to COLD weather.

And a favorite for all, rock racing.

Leaving our RVs in St. Barbe, Newfoundland, we departed early on the 1 ½ hour ferry ride over to Labrador.

It was not as big as the ferry coming over to Newfoundland, but it was still pretty big. Check out the tractor trailer coming off the ferry.

Our motor coach picked us up right off of the ferry and Frank, a Labrador native, gave us a class I tour of the Red Bay Straits area.

The Red Bay Interpretative Center is home of the Chalupa, a whaling boat that is over 400 years old. It is the oldest surviving example of this type of boat building tradition.

It also houses the remains of what is believed to be the San Juan of Pasajes, a whaling ship that wrecked in 1565 loaded with 800 to 1,000 barrels of whale oil. It broke its mouring lines in a late fall storm and was driven ashore in Red Bay harbor where it sank.

Great lunch at the Whaler’s Restaurant and a 62nd Happy Birthday to Tom! Social Security, here he comes.

7,000 years before the first European fisherman arrived in the Labrador Straits, the area was inhabited by a group of people now known as the Maritime Archaic Indians. In 1972, archaeologists discovered a peculiar mound of rocks near the L’Anse Amour Road. The rocks marked the resting place of a 12 year old who had died approximately 7,500 years ago. The body was buried face down with a flat rock on the lower back, covered with red ochre, wrapped in skins or birch bark, and placed in a large pit 1.5 metres deep. Fires were lit on either side of the body, and several spearheads of stone and bone placed beside the head. A walrus tusk, harpoon head, paint stones and a bone whistle were also placed with the body. It is believed that this was not a Maritime Archaic traditional burial, but maybe some type of ritual.

At 109 feet Point Armour Lighthouse is the 2nd tallest lighthouse in Canada and one of the oldest. It was constructed entirely of locally quarried limestone in 1854, first illuminated in 1858. During the 1920’s the keeper’s dwelling was converted to a duplex to accommodate assistant lightkeepers, who were often local people. Jeff Wyatt was the 3rd generation lightkeeper from 1919 until 1963.

We also saw whales and ICEBERGS.

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Posted August 1, 2015 by carolnbill in Travel

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