Imagine how hard just one bee works in a single day. Tending to over 2,000 flowers daily, beating their tiny wings over 10,000 times per minute, and carrying pollen is quite the exhausting task. As a result, bees get thirsty and need safe water sources.
Since bees can’t drink while flying, they have to land in order to do so. However, this brings up the conundrum of how to land safely near a spot of water without drowning, and without getting eaten alive. Bees often risk drowning in bird baths, or being eaten at rivers and lakes among birds, fish, frogs and other wildlife. This is why they often fly around our clothes lines, and may even land on us if we are in an outdoor pool on a hot day.
How To Make a Bee Waterer
To help hydrate our little pollinators, set up a water feeder by following the instructions below!
What You Need:
– marbles or pebbles
– shallow bowl or pan
1. Put the marbles or pebbles into a shallow bowl or pan.
2. Fill with water so that you can see little rivers of water between the marbles (don’t cover the marbles completely).
3. Place outside in a shady location, preferably somewhere off ground so that the bees can safely take their time getting hydrated.
4. Check the water daily to make sure the water levels are adequate. Also, clean the marbles/pebbles and bowl about 1-2 times a week – this will also prevent mosquitoes from proliferating and laying eggs in the still water.
You can also get creative and add moss, flowers, shells, and other decorative pieces to make your bee waterer really unique, like the station in the video below: