My Own Little World—Update on my thirsty honey bees

I live in my own little world

Update on my thirsty honey bees.

For the first two posts, see these:

https://russelrayphotos2.com/2018/01/26/did-you-know-bees-get-thirsty-too/

https://russelrayphotos2.com/2018/01/27/my-own-little-world-construction-of-the-wildlife-corner-pond/

I put out a little bag of pear and mango slices but the honeybees have absolutely zero interest.

However, all is not lost.

After constructing the bigger pond in Wildlife Corner and setting up the birdbath, about fifty honey bees found it. It was obvious that they had traveled far to get there because they were so tired that they kept falling into the water and didn’t have enough energy to get out. I spent a long time with a little stick helping the little ones get out of the water. I hope they have learned not to go into the water if they are too tired to swim. So I have a large colony at the smaller north pond and a large colony at the larger south pond. I still don’t want the honey bees at the smaller north pond because it is too close to the walkway to the garage. It’s a little disconcerting to have to walk through a hundred flying honey bees on the way to the car, or on the way from the car to the house with arms full of groceries….

So….

I’m going to try deterrent methods. The first one is to sprinkle powdered garlic around the pond. Apparently honey bees find garlic odor offensive and will stay away, hopefully moving to the Wildlife Corner pond. And it’s true! The honey bees don’t like the front pond anymore, but they still are out there flying around. Hopefully they all will find the Wildlife Corner pond soon.

Meanwhile, here’s a macro picture of a honey bee drinking water from the birdbath out in Wildlife Corner:

Macro picture of a honey bee drinking water

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11 thoughts on “My Own Little World—Update on my thirsty honey bees

  1. KDKH

    I’ve heard of placing marbles in a shallow bowl with the water just up to the top of the marbles. That way the bees can stand on the marbles and drink. Tired bees get to drink, but they don’t have to hover to get the water. This way there is less risk of getting in the water and getting overwhelmed and falling in and drowning. This is a thing; you can google it.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I know. I, however, don’t like marbles. They aren’t very natural in a natural area. So I’m using natural stone that I buy at the local landscaping place a half mile from me. The stuff I buy is called Del Rio pebbles and comes in 3/8″, 1/4″, 1″, and 3″ sizes. My bird bath is very deep, which I now realize is wrong. So i’m covering the bottom with some 3″ sizes and then filling in until I have a shallow bird bath with 3/8″ on top.

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  2. acflory

    If you grow some flowering herbs around your wildlife pond they’ll come to that quite happily. I’ve let my parsley go to seed on the deck and it’s covered in honey bees. Do you want to establish hives or just have a wild population in the garden?

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      No hives. Just visitors. I spread garlic at the front pond and the bees have disappeared. However, at Wildlife Corner pond I now have a few billion bees. I think the front bees have moved and are now the Wildlife Corner bees.

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