Watering the Bees …

I just found this articlebee watering station – very good. I have to rescue bees from drowning who’ve fallen into the pond or into buckets several times every summer. This idea makes a safe place for them to get water without risking their lives. As Kim Flottum, editor of the Bee Culture magazine, writes in her book The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden: “Water is used to dissolve crystallized honey, to dilute honey when producing larval food, for evaporation cooling during warm weather, and for a cool drink on a hot day.” As they know just where they are and where everything they need is – super-clever creatures – they know exactly where to return to for the same water source. The forager-bees seem to look for scented water sources too. This idea of setting out a bowl of marbles or pebbles and keep it filed with water is a very good idea. I have just the bowl for this and lots of pebbles so I’ll be setting up my bee-watering station over the holiday. Read more …

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