A cool, crisp autumn day greeted us as we set out on our nature study and exercise walk today. Being part of the Outdoor Hour Challenge, we were particularly looking for ants to study this week.
We were rewarded by finding a bunch of them happily grouped on a milkweed plant, tending their aphid herd. The aphids secrete something called "honeydew" which the ants eat. The Handbook of Nature Study says "...they are, in fact, merely little animated drops of sap on legs."
So, the ants defend them from predators and care for them as a farmer cares for his milk cows.
Then we went into the house, did most of our drawing and reread the lapbook Peanut had made a couple of years ago with the help of the Alpha Bugs lapbooking stuff on the Lapbook Lessons website.
Here are some of the wonderful and crazy nature notebook drawings. (I can't get the last one to be upright. Sorry.)
I'm thankful to Barb at the Outdoor Hour Challenges for inspiring and encouraging us to be more consistent and deliberate in our nature studies.