So you want to #savethebees but don't know what to do !
Imagine how hard just one bee works in a single day.
Bees tend to at least 2,000 flowers daily, with tiny wings beating 10,000 times per minute, carrying pollen, and dramatically assisting our food supply.
Sound exhausting? Bees get thirsty, and they need safe water sources. The problem is water is not always available.
Bees need very shallow water to drink from. However, shallow water evaporates quickly. Birdbaths are not the best option as bees tend to drown if the water is not be shallow enough. As for river and lakes, bees risk their lives trying to get water in the presence of fishes, frogs, and other wildlife, not to mention the risk of being swept away in water currents.
To help hydrate our little pollinators, set up a water feeder by filling a pie pan with marbles and then water. The marbles give the bees a spot to land so that they don’t drown when they come to drink. No more drowned bees!
For urban beekeepers, providing a clean water source for your bees is the best way to ensure they don’t take a fatal dip in your neighbor’s pool or flash mob the dog bowl.
A pet water dispencer filled with rocks at the base is the easiest way to water bees. Looks a little weird, but who said beekeeping was glamorous?
This cute honeybee is drinking some water. By the way, it can be hot this time of year, so be sure to have some water available for your honeybees.Just fill a pie pan with water and place a couple of rocks in it.Make sure the rocks rise above the water a bit to give the bees something to stand on.The honeybees will take the water and put it into their hive.As the bees fan their hive entrance, the water evaporates and helps to cool the beehive.Very smart little creatures!
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