MASON BEE EDU EDUCATOR MODULES
Each module includes background information for educators, vocabulary words, activities, and discussion questions. All content, images, and videos are downloadable at no cost.
Phylogenetics, Evolution, Life Histories, Species Richness
Globally, there are over 20,000 species of bees and over 4,000 in the United States alone, but many people are only familiar with the honey bee! What are these other species, and how did they evolve?
Life Cycle, Reproduction, Climate Change, Phenology
How does a bee transform from a tiny white larva to a prolific flying pollinator? Well, Butterflies aren't the only insects that weave cocoons.
Genetics, Conservation, Population Ecology
Peek into the strange genetics of sex determination in bees and learn how this unique system impacts bee conservation. This module's activity must be completed between September and March.
Pollination biology, Plant science, Pollinator Limitation, Agriculture
Without pollinators, our diet would be very bleak. Insects pollinate about 85% of major food crops, but some bees are better pollinators than others.
Animal Behavior, Central Place Foraging, Pollinator Biology, Agriculture
What are bees doing all day? Learn about what makes a bee so busy, their foraging strategies, and how bad weather keeps more than just humans indoors.
Animal Behavior, Reproduction
Where do bees live, and why do they collect pollen? Learn about how mason bees prepare for the next generation and why it is such a monumental task. This module's activity must be completed in mid to late May.
Conservation, Museum collections, Extinction
Researchers worldwide are racing to understand how bees are responding to environmental change and what is causing their decline, but what do we know so far, and how do we know it?
Conservation, Climate Change, Pollinator Gardens, Get Involved!
What is causing bee populations around the world to decline, and what can we do to prevent future declines? Hint: there is a reason for hope and actions you can take to help.