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Honey Bee Social Structure

2019-04-24T14:28:29-04:00May 24th, 2019|Exhibits, Mission, WonderLab Alive!|

Honey bees are extraordinary creatures. Like humans, they live in groups, enjoy each other’s company, and work together to achieve common goals. Unlike humans, they are eusocial. This means the individual bee is part of a caste, or type, of bee: either the “worker” or non-reproductive caste, or the “royal” or reproductive caste. Bees in [...]

Animal Update- September 2018

2018-09-27T10:22:08-04:00September 27th, 2018|WonderLab Alive!|

Bearded Dragons Harley- Two nights ago we found what appeared to be a clump of feces stuck in his vent and our gentle pulling was not helping. Yesterday he got the clump removed and we found out that it was actually build up of secretions from one of his hemipenes. The build up became waxy [...]

Animal Update: May 2018

2018-05-11T16:15:31-04:00May 11th, 2018|WonderLab Alive!|

Happy 1 Year Anniversary to our Coral Reef Aquarium!!!!! As of this past Monday our reef has been here for 1 whole year!!!!! There have been lots of ups and downs but I am very proud of what WonderLab has accomplished in that time! Many corals have doubled even tripled in size, such as our stunner coral [...]

Love is in the Air at WonderLab

2018-05-07T08:40:53-04:00February 14th, 2018|WonderLab Alive!|

Reproduction is a sign of good health. Living organisms have a finite amount of resources available to them. These resources are then allocated to either survival and growth or to reproduction. For example, an animal needs food to survive. If they are barely able to obtain enough food to keep itself healthy, it would not [...]

Symbiosis and its role in coral reef building

2018-05-07T08:41:37-04:00January 13th, 2018|WonderLab Alive!|

Corals are able to build the magnificent reefs we see today because of a very important, symbiosis with unicellular, photosynthetic dinoflagellates called zooxanthellae (simply put, they are really small algae). Scientists estimate that coral and zooxanthellae have been working together to make reefs for 200-250 million years (Rohwer, Youle, 2010)! Before we get to that, [...]

Mites Might be Mighty

2018-05-07T08:41:54-04:00December 9th, 2017|WonderLab Alive!|

The health and wellness of honeybees has become a hot topic in today’s global community. Bees are important pollinators of our world’s flora, including some plants whose sole pollinator is the bee. Sadly, bee populations are decreasing and will continue to do so, but why are they dropping? Bee populations are declining for many reasons [...]