There is a special buzz at Newlands Intermediate

By Newlands Intermediate students | Posted: Tuesday July 25, 2017

For many, bees spell caution, danger, but for room 4 at Newlands Intermediate, it's a window into science. The children share their adventure with you. For more information email [email protected] or the class teacher, [email protected] The photo gallery below reveals this previously invisible world.

We have an Apiscope in our classroom. An Apiscope is a fully functioning beehive that we can observe. At the end of term 1 when it is at its fullest we estimate have around 20,000 bees in it.

We have had the Apiscope for 3 years and during this time we have had 2 swarms and lost a queen.

Some students love the Apiscope and watching the bees and some don’t even notice it. We love the Apiscope in the summer as it is so busy and there always lots of bees coming and going. This is the best time to observe them – some are guard bees, some are foragers bringing back pollen and nectar, some are undertaker bees bringing out the dead and occasionally some are robber bees trying to steal the honey!

The queen is long, shiny and golden with very small wings. She is the only fertile female in the hive and from spring to autumn she can lay up to 1000 eggs a day. Some days she is easy to spot and other days we don’t see her at all.

Avalon Intermediate has an Apiscope too and their bees behave differently than ours.

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