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Bee-Friendly, Smart Way To Provide Water for Our Pollinators

By nativeplantlover
July 29, 2016

Everyone knows that bees, wasps, and other small insects work hard to collect nectar and pollen, but did you know that, like the birds, they also need a source of water?

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Name: Christina
Spokane, WA
ChristinaLafferty
Jul 30, 2016 4:52 PM CST
Yesterday evening I was deadheading my Candula's when I came across this little Bumble Bee. He had his head just buried and looked like he hadn't the strength to lift a leg. I snapped a few photos and he moved his rear end just a bit so i stopped flashing! We had over 90° weather that day. I also wondered if he might be thirsty. So I put the garden hose on fine fine spray and sprayed below the flower he was on. Almost immediately he woke up and cralwed over on the edge of the flower to drink!! I'm going to try your idea in a couple places, thank you for sending it in.
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Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
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nativeplantlover
Jul 30, 2016 9:47 PM CST
ChristinaLafferty said:Yesterday evening I was deadheading my Candula's when I came across this little Bumble Bee. He had his head just buried and looked like he hadn't the strength to lift a leg. I snapped a few photos and he moved his rear end just a bit so i stopped flashing! We had over 90° weather that day. I also wondered if he might be thirsty. So I put the garden hose on fine fine spray and sprayed below the flower he was on. Almost immediately he woke up and cralwed over on the edge of the flower to drink!! I'm going to try your idea in a couple places, thank you for sending it in.

Bumble bees do go to sleep inside of flowers sometimes. Here in the East Coast, the temperatures have been soaring too. No doubt many insects could use a little extra help right now. Everyone is a bit more stressed in extreme conditions, right? If you'd like to read up even more about how to go the extra mile to help our dwindling pollinator populations, there's a few links at the bottom of my profile page. Feel free to TreeMail me.
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Name: christine
Westland, Mi (Zone 5b)
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cward10134
Aug 1, 2016 8:33 AM CST
Awww, that is so sweet. What a cute little bee!

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