Joyce - Organic Gardener on Instagram: "In honor of pollinator week, here’s a quick DIY drinking station for our hard working pollinators! 🐝💦 *The water in mine evaporates by the end of the day so I’m not worried about mosquitoes laying eggs in this saucer, but if not, you can just dump the water out at night. I feel bad for the bees in my garden esp bec of the heat wave we’ve been having, so I want to keep them hydrated and cool. Bees get thirsty, just like humans. They need a source of water to stay healthy and safe. Not only do bees drink the water, but they also use it for: Air conditioning - During hot days, bees will spread a thin film of water over the baby bee cells. The water will evaporate, cooling the hive. Feeding baby bees - Nurse bees feed developing larvae (aka baby bees) a diet of water, pollen, nectar, and royal jelly. This diet can be up to 80% water on the first day! Diluting honey - Bees eat their own honey. Sometimes, the honey will crystallize or get too thick. When this happens, bees use water to dilute the honey and make it drinkable again. But, can’t bees find their own source of water like a river or pond? They absolutely can. However, not all beehives are near a natural source of clean water. In these cases, bees will look for water elsewhere. For example, in a neighbor’s swimming pool or in a ditch. These sources of water may contain chlorine, pesticides, or other harmful chemicals. Your watering station can be as simple as a shallow bowl filled with water and a few rocks. Make it a little more fancy by using colored marbles or polished stones. Get creative! The most important factor is to make sure the water level can’t get high enough over the rocks or marbles that bees can drown. Have you set up a drinking station for our pollinators yet? Follow along for more DIY gardening tips! 🌱 Sources: www.turningclockback.com and www.offgridworld.com. . . . #pollinatorweek #gardendiy #gardenideas #backyardgardener #diygardening"
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