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How To Safely Provide Water To Bees
Water is a very important requirement of life and without it, life is not possible. All organism needs water to survive. Like other animals, honey bees also need water source year-round. Honey bees require a water source that should not get dry in summers, should not drown them and should not be shared with other pets. Honey bees not only use the water to drink but also use it for other reasons too. In summer, bees spread the water droplets at the boundaries of brood comb and with the help of their wings fan the comb. Fanning the comb helps the water to evaporate and cools the nest to sustain moderate temperature for bees. In winter, honey bees use water to dissolve the thick and crystallized honey to make it thin.
Honey Bees Collect Four Things
A honey bee collects four things from environment nectar, pollen, propolis, and water. Nectar and water are carried within the crop whereas pollen and propolis are carried in pollen basket. The worker bees accumulate the same things the whole day. Water carrying bees transfer their load to the house bees and then again go back to fill their crop with water. When the water load is complete in the colony, then they will forage for something else instead.
Honey bees often choose water that is dirty or contaminated as per us. They like to choose water from a slimy flower pot, muddy mole holes, or a pile of wet leaves. They usually get attracted to salt and chlorine smell which is added in the swimming pool. Thus, if you are planning to provide water to bees, then keep in mind that they do not prefer clean sparkly water.
Bees Find Water Source by the Smell
Every bee has five eyes and is adjusted to detect motion and variations in light levels. Also, bees travel high and super-fast thus, they can easily ignore potential water sources. It has been observed that bees usually find the water source by smell rather than by seeing. So, the water source should have a smell to attract bees. Water that has a smell of chlorine, wet earth, worms, and aquatic plants have a better opportunity of appealing a bee rather than clean water.
Also, while keeping water for bee one should keep in mind that the container should not have a steep side or it should not be flowing water as it can be dangerous for bees and can drown them. The best idea is to keep a saucer filled with marbles or stones and water. Many others use small ponds with lily pads or hummingbird feeders with water.
Keep the Water Source Near the Hive
Honey bees travel a long distance to get the resources that are at times not ideal as the trip requires more sources than what they actually collect. So, it is suggested to provide the water resource near to the hive. Also, keep in mind not to provide the water source right under their hive as it may be difficult for them to explain the source to other bees. They can make other bees understand the direction of the source of water very well, which is kept at a distance.
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