Bee-Friendly, Smart Way To Provide Water for Our Pollinators: I took your advice this morning.......

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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: Peggy
Belleville, NJ (June-Dec) & Po (Zone 6a)
Jul 31, 2016 2:12 PM CST
I loved your article and took your advice and added some stones and pebbles to my "butterfly bath". When I went outside to take a picture of it, a butterfly was already in it for a drink, and then flew onto the bush nearby! Great timing and thanks for the tips for our pollinators!
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Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
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Jul 31, 2016 3:17 PM CST
Nice job Peggy- It looks so nice in that spot! Male butterflies will seek moist places searching for the minerals that their bodies need for reproduction. This behavior is called "puddling"- so allowing for a patch of wet, bare soil is a good addition to the garden. Some varieties of butterflies feed on decaying fruit, and some even on "scat"-poop Blinking
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me Keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger
Name: Peggy
Belleville, NJ (June-Dec) & Po (Zone 6a)
Aug 18, 2016 6:48 AM CST
Just a follow-up on the feral though they're supplied with several water sources, including a small pond which they can easily access, I guess they also felt entitled to the "pollinator bath" this morning!! Endless head-shaking this summer.....:)
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