Nature Journaling for Biomimicry Journal Entry 3

1. In Your Natural Surroundings, Find Examples of Nature Using Shape to Provide and Advantage of Some Kind?

Honey Bees are known for making long lasting colonial nests with hexagonal shapes make out of wax to store honey. The advantage here is that they use their sugar produced by their glands, which would be the ”low value” material to create the nest which is the ”high value” outcome.

Photograph 1: Pollination is occuring.Bee collects nectar and pollen from flower. They store the nectar sweet liquin intheir ‘honey stomach’.

Photograph 2: When they have a full load, they fly back to the hive. There, they pass it on through their mouths to other worker bees who chew it for about half an hour  until it gradually turns into honey.

Photograph 3:Honey can be processed by their glands and can turn into wax to make their nest where they will store the honey.

Photograph 4:Bee nests are longlasting, they can last for many years.

2. Your Function of Interest

Using the Biomimicry Taxonomy, Identify a Single Function That Resonates with a Core Interest of your Own.

Function: camouflage for protection

Observe nature to identify a form, process or system that you think fulfills this function in some way. Describe what you are observing about how that function is made possible by your chosen subject.

A snail’s body consists of five main parts, the head, the neck, the visceral hump, the tail and the foot. The body of the snail is long, moist and slimy. They have a soft, unsegmented bodies and they are protected by a hard shell. When the snail is disturbed, it simply withdraws or pulls itself back into its shell. Its surface can show different colors with fringe designs, but they usually are brown or yellow. Snails are present all around the world, so they can be discovered in diverse habitats.  I found one climbing a tree in a park. Their brownish fringed design help them camuflate on trees.

One of the main reasons why snails die is because they become food for many other animals. Snails are extremely slow creatures, so they are not able to flee from other animals in their natural habitat.  Many of the smaller species of snails end up being consumed by larger animals. The snails have no choice but to hide from their predators. The color of their body gives them very good camouflage. Their only defense against predators is the opportunity to put his entire body inside the shell. Many predators are able to break through these anyway, however, there is a lower percentage risk that they will be found.

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