Music to my ears...
"Thane! Hurry up and get me the bug jar!" I hear Magnus yell from across the yard.
"Magnus, what are you trying to catch?" I ask.
What?! Is he trying to get stung? Then I remember, he is afraid of stinging insects. More power to him if he wants to overcome that fear and study an insect!
"Mom! I got him!" shouts Magnus! "And I see his pollen sacks on his hind legs! They're red!"
I grabbed my Handbook of Nature Study to see what Anna, we're on a first name basis now, has to say...
pg. 392 under The Worker "...the hind leg has a pollen basket, which is a long cavity bordered by hairs wherein the pollen is packed and carried."
pg. 393 under The Drone... "He has no pollen baskets on his legs..."
So, we deducted that this was a worker bee in captivity.
Magnus requested to sketch it in his Nature Journal. I'll have to add the picture later since Collin has the camera...(in his suitcase with him on the plane as I write this! Yeah!).
Gotta love it when learning "just happens"!