The Importance of Water for Bees

The article was written by Joe Lamp'l and first appeared on Growing a Greener World Since I’ve been keeping a water source originally intended for birds to bathe, I have been amazed at the number of honeybees, native bees and other pollinators that use it every day.

Since I’ve been keeping a water source originally intended for birds to bathe, I have been amazed at the number of honeybees, native bees and other pollinators that use it every day.

The video is a typical moment at any time of the day.

When I posted this on Facebook, David Mizejewski from the National Wildlife Federation re-posted it to their site, along with the following comment:

“Domesticated honey bees like the ones in the video collect water and bring it back to the hive, where it evaporates and offers a cooling effect on hot summer days. They also use it to dilute crystalized honey back into liquid form so they can consume it. It’s pretty fascinating. Native bees and other insects also need fresh water”.

The bottom line is even if you don’t keep honeybees, all bees, along with other pollinators need a nearby source of water. Considering how scarce water is in many parts of the country, you can make a tremendous contribution to their comfort and survival by providing a clean, reliable source of water, and preferably more than one.