@who-is-page made this after a conversation about my love of honey. I hauled my scaly ass out of bed Saturday morning to go to the farmer’s market solely to visit the booth of my favorite apiary. I got a bottle of tupelo honey, a bottle of blueberry honey, and a bar of lavender soap made with goat’s milk and honey.

Every morning I have breakfast tea with cream and honey. Rather… every morning I have cream and honey. There is often (but not always) some tea in it.

specsthespectraldragon  asked:

Okay, serious question this time. I have a freshwater koi pond, and water splashes onto the rocks near the pond all the time. A neighbor has a saltwater pool, which I used to clean over the summer, that has one of those infinity-edge things that overflows into some fancy rock-lined overflow thing (aka a snake magnet). I never see bees hanging around the wet rocks on the koi pond, but they (especially the little squash bees) LOVE the saltwater pool. Do bees crave that mineral?

Saltwater actually attracts bees much more than freshwater does! That’s why you’ll see bees near swimming pools (cause of the chlorine). I don’t think there’s been much research into why bees seem to prefer the salt water to fresh (it may have something to do with them needing more minerals like salt for nutritional and metabolic purposes?)

I did find one paper on salt preference of bees

And this article that talks about bees possibly being able to sense salt with their feet (though as I’m sure you might notice. The bees prefer not to actually touch the water with their feet or land on it in order to drink it.) 

So to answer your question: yes bees crave that mineral

how to help sick bee!!

is bee on ground? is bee not moving much?? is bee tired??? help sick bee!!!

  • use paper to pick up bee!
    slide slowly under little bumbly legs and little bumbly body until bee is fully on paper

  • bring bee inside to open window or open door!!!
    when bee is better, bee will fly out!

  • make sugar water for bee!
    mix two (2) to three (3) tablespoons of sugar (can be normal sugar or organic sugar! no artificial, no diet sweetener, no sweetener, just sugar!!!!! no honey either!!!!!!) with one (1) tablespoon of water! stir until sugar dissolves!!!!

  • put sugar water on plate or spoon for bee!
    give to bee! put bee on clean parts of plate or hold spoon near bee! if bee gets stuck in sugar water, use paper to help them get unstuck!

  • let bee drink and rest!!!!!

  • can put a bowl / plate / container of sugar water outside for other bees!!!!! use same two to one (2:1) or three to one (3:1) ratio for mix!!!!!