Sunday, August 9, 2009

✈ Thirsty Buzzing Bees ✈

bee water buzzOn my patio next to the flower pots, sits a blue dog water bowl. Or so I thought. Since we got bee hives this spring, it has become apparent that this bowl belongs not to my dobermans or the whippet, but to a constant collection of thirsty bees!

At first the bees were having difficulty getting out of the water when they hung from the sides to take a drink. I would walk by and see a bee struggling and all in a panic, floating in the bowl. I used dried grass to pick the bee out, but before long he was back in the water doing the frantic swim moves.

So I put a small piece of wood in the bowl to help the bees in their thirsty quest for a drink. Now, all throughout the day, the stick has bees all over it ! I had no idea that bees drank so much water.

The bees are enjoying their new home and seem to be busy making honey in the hives. It is too early to know if we will get honey this year, but if we don't, at least we have all learned to live together in harmony.

9 comments:

AJ said...

Sounds like you need a BEE bowl!

Karen said...

I've always wanted to keep bees! They are such fascinating creatures!

Victoria said...

That is so cool, I didn't know bees drank water either! And kind of you to put the stick in. :o)

cabin + cub said...

oh how cool.. i have never seen bees drink water either. they must get real thirsty since they are always so busy! ;)

Jess said...

Cool, it was kind of you to give them a dock to sit on!

Christina of Akane Designs said...

I hope your dogs don't get stung!

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DJ said...

Love that photo with the bees. Great job!

Doris Sturm said...

Oh, thanks so much for sharing. I love that post. I knew bees drank, but never actually saw so many of them drinking all together like that.

Now the bees have a "pool" that hopefully the dogs will stay away from so that they don't get stung ;-)

Lazy Daze said...

We also got bees this year. I didn't know this about bees until we got ours. We keep a large jar with holes in the lid by our hives. We turn this upside down and sit on two flat pieces of wood. This is in the middle of a large plate. We surround the jar with small rocks. The water slowly comes out and they can't drown.