Although we had a good time carving our various insects Thursday night, we still had to come up with a new pumpkin design for our department’s contest Friday afternoon. With a pumpkin supplied by the graduate student council and 2 hours to carve our winning design, the pressure was on to uphold our title as pumpkin champions! After a strategy session over coffee, we decided to bee proactive and get busy.
With 8-10 students eager to help, we needed a design which would allow as many people as possible to help. By using a tin template and carving out individual cells, everyone had a job to do sculpting the life stages of the European Honeybee (Apis mellifera).
With each life stage carefully sculpted, and auxillary cells full of nourishing honey, our pumpkin successfully defended our title in the Lab Themed category for another year!
That rounds up the insect carvings for this year. Thanks to everyone who helped brainstorm ideas and carve out our ideas!
If you have an Ent-o-Lantern of your own, feel free to share links below in the comments!