Did you know that just one bee will tend to a minimum of 2,000 flowers a day, flapping their tiny wings 10,000 times a minute, in so doing they pollinate approximately 80% of our flowering crops a year, which makes up one third of everything we consume? All that work makes the bees thirsty, especially on a hot day.
“If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” – Albert Einstein
For whatever reason if bees went extinct, it would have a direct and indirect impact on all food suppliers. It would not only affect dietary staples such as nuts, asparagus, apples, broccoli, pairs, all types of wild berries…etc, but would also threaten the beef and dairy ındustries if alfalfa is not able to be sourced for livestock
Furthermore, a study which was conducted by Cornell University found that the honeybee pollinates $14 billion worth of seeds and crops every year only in America, which means if the honeybee goes extinct humanity, could starve.
Bees naturally need a clean water source; they often end up drowning in bird water holes or being eaten at lakes and river banks by birds, frogs, and other larger predators. This is one of the reasons they tend to fly around our clotheslines, and if it’s a hot day they will land to regain their strength.
Kim Flottum, the editor of the Bee Culture Magazine, who is also the author of The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden writes the following:
“Water is used to dissolve crystallized honey, to dilute honey when producing larval food, for evaporation cooling during warm weather, and for a cool drink on a hot day.
Bees know exactly where to return for the same water source. Foragers seem to seek water sources that are scented.”
You can solve this problem by adding small pebbles or even marbles to a bowl and just add some fresh water. This way the bees will have a spot to land and they will not end up drowning.
The Reason Why You Should Not Add Sugar To The Water
The very first reason the way that it can cause harm, is that bees always take shortcuts. If we get the bees used to sugar water then they will stop visiting hundreds of flowers t and just continue returning to that sugar source instead of visiting and pollinating flowers. Also in a very short time other bees will find the sugar source and could attract hundreds of bees.
Not only can sugar water harm bees in this way, but it can also be toxic to birds and other creatures too.
Do Not Add Honey
Not only does honey water have the same problems as sugar water, but it can also go as far as destroying an entire hive.
Honey contains a type of bacteria called Paenibacillus which causes AFD (American Foulbrood disease). Once the bee gets it’s a certain death. The bees will take the honey back to their hive and if it contains the pathogen it will spread it to the whole hive.
Sadly, the only known treatment for this is to burn the entire hive. The disease is fairly rare, but it is extremely deadly. Because of this feeding honey to bees is illegal in New Zealand and Australia.
According To Countryside Daily This is How You Can Attract Bees To Your Waterer
“When first establishing a water source, it can help to spike it with chlorine. A teaspoon of chlorine bleach in a bucket of water may be enough to get the bees’ attention. Other beekeepers add a handful of ground oyster shells to a pie pan of water, which gives the water a faintly salty ocean smell the bees find attractive.”
Help our pollinators by providing water, but don’t add sugar and honey.
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