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?
Sheridragonfly said:I had made a dish with rocks in years past for the bees and lizards
but due to mosquito larvae
and slimy rocks within 4 days..I stopped.
However it is so hot and dog days are early this year
that I went out and walked through the yard to find
rocks and a large cat dish and set it up on a round empty
pot turned upside down...Here it is
thanks for your article.
Kat2014 said:Thank you for bringing up this subject. Apparently there are people in our suburban Springfield, MA area who are keeping bees, but maybe not providing water??? We've been in a heat spell and drought around here, and my concrete birdbath now has so many honeybees congregating around it that the birds have shied away from using it. I certainly don't want the bees to die, but I'm having trouble just trying to change the water in the birdbath. The bees get somewhat agitated whenever I try to dump the water. Yes, the water in the birdbath is too deep for them. I've tried setting out a large plant saucer for them, but they seem to prefer the birdbath, even though I've already had to rescue a number of them that have fallen in. What else can I do? I don't know who in the area is keeping the bees. I was wondering if our town might be willing to send out a Reverse 911 call, just to alert homeowners that they must provide water if they're going to keep bees; however, I don't even know if it is legal in our town for anyone to be keeping bees. I don't want to cause trouble for anyone. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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