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Bee gardening news and education from the UC Davis Bee Haven
by Amber Galusha
on March 27, 2018 at 9:17 AM
When I was a young girl we would play in the sprinklers during summer and soak our towels with water. When we hung the wet towels to dry on the clothes line, bees would use them as water sources. So, a hanging wet towel is another good source of water for bees : )
Reply by Christine Casey
on March 29, 2018 at 4:30 PM
Just so long as you don't wrap yourself in a towel with a bee still on it!
Reply by Christine Casey
on March 29, 2018 at 4:31 PM
Glad you found this interesting. There are so many fascinating animals and plants all around us if we know what to look for!
on May 28, 2018 at 2:34 AM
I study in this case too. Use this in my proposal.
Reply by Christine Casey
on May 31, 2018 at 9:14 AM
That's great....access to water is important for honey bee health.
by Kathleen [GB] Rose
on August 29, 2018 at 10:25 AM
Wonderful article! Love the soaker hose idea. Thank you.
by Frances Brandon
on March 13, 2019 at 9:34 AM
Great article you shared Peggy. I can hardly wait to make a soaker hose container. What a cool idea. Good job lady.
Reply by Christine Casey
on March 13, 2019 at 11:51 AM
The soaker hose containers work very well, but the material does degrade in sunlight. You can expect your planter to last for about two years.
by Richmond A.
on June 26, 2020 at 5:40 PM
I set out a small drinking area for the local bees in my back yard. I study them as they take a break from the hot Oregon summer and drink some clean water. I notice that their abdomens pulsate as they drink. Why do they do that?
Reply by Christine Casey
on June 29, 2020 at 9:20 AM
You are observing muscle contraction that creates the suction which allows water to enter the digestive system. Think about how humans drink with a straw...we contract the muscles in our mouth to draw liquid into the straw.  
This Wikipedia page has a lot of information about bee muscles:
by Suzanne Valente
on August 18, 2020 at 11:35 AM
In the summer, we have a lot of bees that drink from the bowls for the dogs at the dog park. Do you think they will move from the dog bowls if I bring a shallow dish with water plus sodium for them?
Reply by Christine Casey
on August 18, 2020 at 1:09 PM
Bees will learn where their water supply is located, so it is difficult to get them to move this late in the year. You can 'train' them to use a supply in a certain location by putting it out first, early in the year, before the water bowls go out at the dog park.  
Be sure your shallow dish has perches, such as small rocks, for them to use.
by Jose Feliz
on May 16, 2021 at 12:42 PM
We have 3 healthy hives. What we enjoy is watching the bee  
water area off our deck. They come from to opposite directions and the different hives share the water. It's like a busy airport and poetry combined. The bees are much less territorial away from the hive, so we can actually walk right up to it and study up close without fear of being stung. Mostly though we watch them from the deck table. Sometimes my wife saves a drowning bee. Yesterday I looked in the water we use empty pie pans and a bird feeder. There is algae and yesterday I saw a teeny tiny tadpoles. Now I've read this article which is a great article and understand now that the algae in the little teeny tiny tadpoles are good for the bees. How great is that! Great job on this article! Okay
Reply by Christine Casey
on May 17, 2021 at 10:38 AM
That sounds like great fun to watch. Glad your hives are doing well.
by Bonnie Bruman
on June 30, 2021 at 4:24 PM
Glad I found this site I have a lot of boxes in my field and they make the best company🐝🌼🌾
Reply by Christine Casey
on July 6, 2021 at 7:30 AM
I agree!
by Charlotte Noriega
on September 8, 2021 at 3:44 PM
I made a bee waterer by using a 12” terra cotta plant saucer. Filled it with cat”a eye marbles and fill the water to the top of the marbles. The bright colorful cat’s eye marbles attract them and keep them from drowning.
Reply by Christine Casey
on September 14, 2021 at 9:51 AM
I hope you're enjoying watching the bees at your water station!
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