Students provide a suite life for insects
Fifth grade students from Northumberland Elementary School assemble their hotel for insects with organic materials.
Northumberland Elementary School’s fifth grade science students had barely started filling their “insect hotel” with bug-friendly debris Thursday when they got a to see how much insects like twigs, dried grass and the materials as habitat. As the first of four groups of Becky Crowther’s students began picking up the material from piles they had gathered earlier and with which they meant to stuff the plied up pallets of the “hotel”, they saw a swallowtail butterfly emerging from its chrysalis, Katie Walker said. “There are so many things living in there already.”
The insect hotel is a project sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Garden Club. The idea is to provide habitat for pollinating insects to help the honey bees whose numbers have been declining. While most have never thought about them as pollinators, many insects such as bumble bees, ladybugs…
—Read the full story in the May 28 edition of the Northumberland Echo!