Help Hydrate Our Pollinators

bee waterer-001“At the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis, bees can sip water from a slanted board propped against a slowly dripping faucet, or from the specially designed watering devices at the nearby Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, a half-acre bee friendly garden that doubles as an educational resource.” –  Kathy Keatley Garvey.

“Bees need access to safe water sources, they often risk drowning in birdbaths 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.”

Of course what’s good for the bees is also good for butterflies and other insects. The photo above shows one example of how to make an attractive bee waterer. A rough concrete surface, with its little nooks and crannies can serve as well if kept moist. Be sure to keep the water fresh to avoid harboring mosquito larvae.

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