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Happenings in the insect world
by Ken Katz
on August 30, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Thank you for the very informative article and great photos. Ever since we installed a pond in our garden, we've been fortunate to have bees visiting almost constantly. Without fail, early in the evening they make a beeline for our neighbors' hives.
by Gary
on July 2, 2014 at 7:19 PM
I have a water fountain and the bees are visiting and usually I put a cap ful of bleach in to keep the algae from growing and the musquietos too ! is this bad for bees 1 tbls in about 10 heal of water ?
by Lisa D
on April 16, 2015 at 6:56 AM
Would this also attract carpenter bees? I would love to do this, but my condo community has a terrible problem with carpenter bees. The last thing I want to do is help the carpenter bees thrive in our wood.
by Ernest W Jordan
on March 31, 2016 at 7:21 AM
We live in Yuma Az. I have bees in my backyard year-round. I have a bird bath where they water. However, when it's 110-plus degrees, it's a busy place. I like the idea of a second watering hole.
by Mike Burke
on October 7, 2016 at 10:35 AM
Thanks, enjoying a spectacular day at a fountain trying to figure what the bees are doing??  
Question answered! The bees are happy and giving me a quick "buzz" vestigating me in a friendly way. Never too old to learn.
by Claire Zuckerman
on June 10, 2017 at 10:06 AM
Our neighbors' back yard has a bee hive. I'm fascinated watching the bees and was wondering why they come gathering when I water my garden. Your article taught me why.
by gary
on July 24, 2017 at 11:38 PM
How far will they go for water?
by Cathea Stanley
on February 24, 2019 at 7:47 AM
Hi, My neighbors have bee hives and for the past few years, I have been providing water for them. It's a problem for the birds as the bees are constantly on the birdbaths. I don't have a fountain but wondered what else I can do to provide water for the bees. It's deep and with certain containers they drown. I am constantly worried about them. Since the birdbaths are shallow, they dry out quickly on hot days and sometimes no one is home to keep them full of water. People who have the bees don't actually live on the property I don't think.  
by David Silverstein
on April 8, 2022 at 4:32 PM
Thank you so much for this wonderful article. As I sit here several of the bees or about our water spillway near the pool of all places. They have been back nightly in a cluster of approximately 20. I’ve rescued a few of the little guys out of the pool itself. To watch them dry off and take flight again it’s truly amazing. Our area around the pool is quite be friendly with appropriate plants they seem to enjoy when they’re in bloom!
by Jonathan Bowerman
on August 25, 2023 at 7:54 AM
It's been dry and hot here in Central Texas, and I have 50 - 60 workers a day drinking from the bird bath, originally they were quite docile and only interested in water. If one wandered in too deep, I could just use a finger and kinda push it back to shore to dry out. However, I believe that there is another hive now that is competing for the water, they seem more aggressive and I have to use a stick to rescue swimmers because they are in conflict with each other and swarming more than they used to. They manage to empty the birdbath daily, and they chase off any birds that land there.
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