Honey Bee Drinking Water

Honeybee Gallery Photos

  1. Bee Pollinating Avocado Blossom

  2. Honey Bee Sitting on a Naked Lady

  3. Instrumentally Inseminating a Queen

  4. Strange Drone Bee Mutations

  5. Beeing Intimate with a Flower

  6. A Cordovan Queen with Her Eggs

  7. Carniolan Bee on a Poppy

  8. Bee Making Orange Honey

  9. Honeybee Enjoying a Water Lily

  10. Honey Bee Taking a Sip of Water

  11. Italian Queen Bee Being Fed

  12. Queen Bee Hatching from a Queen Cell

  13. Apple Blossom Pollinated by Honeybee

  14. Africanized Honeybee Queen

  15. Queen Bee being Marked and Clipped

  16. Varroa Sensitive Hygiene VSH Queen

  17. Honey Bee Queen Cells

  18. Bee Pollen and Bee Bread

  19. Multiple Bees Working a Camellia

  20. Queen Bee Introduction

  21. Grafting Queen Cells

  22. Honey Bees and Gourd Art

  23. Ancient Egyptian Bee Hieroglyphics

 Honey bee worker collecting water

Cordovan honey bee worker collecting water

Honey bees collect four substances, nectar to turn into honey for their food source, pollen as a protein source to rear the baby bees, propolis to seal crevices and coat the inside of the hive with an antimicorobrial coating, and water to mix with the baby bees' food and also to cool the hive.

A clean supply of water is absolutely essential for the operation of a honeybee colony. Bees use water for cooling the hive by evaporation, and for thinning honey to be fed to larva. Bees collecting water is almost as common a sight as bees on flowers. A strong hive on a hot day can use over a quart of water a day, this occupies 800 workers each making up to 50 trips to the water hole a day.

To provide water for bees, one can create a honeybee water garden. A small pond or waterproof container can be planted with floating plants like water hyacinth, salvinia, or azolla, which give the bees a secure platform from which to take a drink. These plants also purify the water so the bees always have fresh water. If bees ever become a nuisance in swimming pools or other water features, a small pond with these plants can often attract the bees away from the problem area, as they seem to prefer these more natural watering holes.

 

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