BEE THIRSTY, MY FRIENDS
Suddenly, the bees are craving water! They’re seeking it anywhere they can find it. We’ve even found bees drinking in unlikely places — like the roof of the car after a wild, late afternoon thunderstorm. (It was “hive-rattler!)
And now in the mornings, we’re seeing bees congregating on a tray I accidentally left out all winter ( my bad!) with planting pots and the garden hose. I was going to clean up this whole mess, but look how much the bees love it, I have to leave it!
And here’s the irony: Last year, as some of you may remember, Davey built the bees a dedicated drinking fountain. (Actually, it’s a chicken water-er with river rocks for the bees to perch on.) But it’s right beside Styrohive and plumbed into the household water supply, so it’s fresh. The bees ignore it and and fly 35′/ 11m down to the dirty, swampy water on the tray in front of the house.
I don’t get it. Are there minerals or something else bees need in the dirty water? What do you think? Are your bees as thirsty as ours?