OHC More Nature Study Book #4- Yellow Jackets and Mud Daubers

Welcome to the More Nature Study Book #4 series of summer nature study challenges!

This is going to be a jam-packed summer of nature study using the challenges and the newsletter suggestions. Our family is looking forward to spending time outdoors together as we focus on the various aspects of summer nature study…including a trip to the ocean and to a local pond. I encourage all to join in and learn more about your local nature habitat as well as those you may encounter during your summer travels.

More Nature Study Book #4
Summer Sizzle
Yellow Jackets and Mud Daubers Insect Study

Inside Preparation Work

Outdoor Hour Time:

  • Spend some time outdoors this week looking for summer insects. If you spot a mud dauber, the Handbook of Nature Study says the “purpose of this study is to watch the mud daubers while building their nests and capturing their prey.” The Handbook of Nature Study also suggests watching a yellow jacket eat from a dish of sweetened fruit placed outdoors.
  • If you spot any insects during your outdoor time, make careful observations of their movements, behavior, and appearance.
  • Advanced Study: What is attracting your yellow jackets? Use your observation skills and record in your nature journal anything you find that attracts yellow jackets to your home.

Follow-Up Activity:

  • Record in your nature journal any summer insects you observed during your outdoor time. If you observe a yellow jacket or a mud dauber, record your insect in your nature journal. Ebook users: You can use the notebook page provided. You may wish to keep a running list of insects for the whole summer in your journal as well.
  • Compare the yellow jacket and the mud dauber. Ebook Users: Optional coloring pages for the yellow jacket.
  • Advanced Study: Conduct additional research on the insect order– hymenoptera. Use a field guide and complete two additional nature journal entries for insects in this order found in your backyard or local area.

Additional Links:

All the summer challenges for 2012 are included in the new More Nature Study Book #4 Summer Sizzle ebook. The challenges in the ebook are the same challenges that will post every Friday here on my blog. If you want to follow along with notebook pages and coloring pages, click over and learn more about the ebook.

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  1. Great resources! We just did an impromptou paper wasp study before you sent these out. Now we’ll go back and look up some of these extras. Thank you!

  2. How do I post pictures? We were lucky enough to observe a cicada coming out of its shell this past week, and I also have photos of a cicada killer. The cicada killer took us awhile to identify since it has markings similar to a yellow jacket but looks like an anonymous hornet.

  3. Hi Karen,

    Not sure where you want to post pictures. Are you asking about the Summer Photo Challenge?

    If you have a blog you can post them there and then send me the link for the blog carnival.

    I am also starting a Pinterest board so if you want to pin them there, you will need to send me a link to the photo online somewhere like Flickr or Picassa.

  4. Barb, I am so torn between full nature study as our science next year, and continuing with the Exploring Creation series… you are making me leaaannnn… ;)

    I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, because you helped me so much my first years as a homeschooler, re-affirming my belief that the fun outdoor stuff I did with my older (public schooled) boys really WAS homeschooling.

    See my post for more information on the Award — http://bugsandstuff.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    Have a super summer!


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