Easy Bee Waterer





Introduction: Easy Bee Waterer

Imagine just one bee work for a day, attending to least 2,000 flowers a day, beating their wing 10,000 time per minute, carry baggage of pollen, go back in their hive, go to their selected comb making honey with their spit, pollen, and wax. And go out again everyday.

Sounds exhausting? Bee does get thirsty, and they do need water source, they tend to find the nearest water source like many of us look for water fountain in the park if you don't have water bottle handy. The problem is water is not always available, sometime with luck bees will find puddle of water from recent sprinkler activity or spilled juice on the ground.

At the best, the bees need very shallow water to drink from, but Shallow water evaporate quickly. Birdbath is not a good option because bird can be nearby and they tend to drown since it may not be shallow enough and simple wind gush can push enough to land into water. For bees with pollen on them is like people swimming with clothes on, an difficult task, and often can result in drowning. As for river and lakes, they risk their live hanging on the plant trying to get sip of water in front of fishes, frog, and risk being swept away in water current.

This instruction is very easy, and only require 3 items, this will give plenty of water, and safe place to land on and off without problem.

Step 1: All You Need

1 - a bag of clear non toxic decoration water balls from your local crafts shop

2 - an metal dog dish or galvanized metal mini tub

3 - water

First find out how much volume that your metal or galvanized mini tub can hold, then from instruction on your water balls find out how much it will need to fill up. It takes a little to expand to a lot. Couple of tablespoon will fill 3 quart.

When done measuring put water ball and water in the bowl/tub and let sit for few hour, it will be faster to use hot water to expand the water ball quicker

Step 2: Set It Outside

set it outside, preferably in the shade, in a place nearly accessible from flowers nearby. Thats it.

To maintain these water ball, simple rinse the balls once a week or so through an sieve, and rinse the bowl as well. Pour back the balls in the dish/tub and add little water at least 1/3 way up.



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    14 Discussions

    LOVE THE IDEA! And, I just happen to have a bag of the water balls! Am going to set this up is aftrnoon!

    What a lovely idea.

    FYI: I remember seeing the water marbles for sale at Dollar Tree as a "water holder" for cut flowers.

    Soil Moist maybe an alternative and is sold at home improvement stores- see their garden section. We have see Soil Moist at Wal-Mart and pretty sure at Home Depot and Menards. We mix it in our soil when we plant trees or plants.

    The water marbles are a water absorbing polymer. "Spitballs" They soak up the water and expand, releasing it as needed to your cut flowers, or in this case, bees.

    it can be called water marbles, it an expanding water asborbing material.

    im concern with dyes in the ball even it says non toxic, bees are more sensative than us.

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    Use the clear balls. Also don't be so "tidy". Bees love the minerals that collect in the bottom. I use my stainless steel dog dishes. When I run out of the balls I add stones for them to stand on..

    I'm more worried about the zink in the tub.

    you meant zinc? There no harm to bees, honey contain some zinc in it.

    May be if pure metallic zinc, but I understand most zinc-oxides are quite poisonous, so, to keep poisons away - I would choose another kind of water bucket :)

    This is a great way to use those water balls! I know they come in other colors, would bees like a colorful one more than a clear one?