Bee bearding & bee baths

Did you know… Bees tend to at least 2,000 flowers daily, with their wings beating 10,000 times per minute and flying approx 15mph?!

After the hot weather we have had the bees are feeling the heat too!
They are too warm inside the hive so some have clustered around the entrance to cool down. This is called bearding, it is critical that the brood nest doesn’t become overheated.
If too many bee bodies are covering the brood on a hot day, fanning may not be sufficient to keep the brood cool. By hanging around on the outside instead of the inside, they decrease the heat load, decrease congestion, and increase the ventilation space.

 

Even if you can’t keep bees yourself you can still help them by keeping them hydrated. On warm days bees drink an amazing amount of water, so If you would like to help the pollinators in your garden then have a go at creating a bee bath. It’s easy to make and you can sit back and enjoy watching the bees come for a drink in your garden!

If you are worried about the bees stinging then be assured that unless they are provoked they don’t want to sting you, they only sting if they feel threatened. The best thing to do if they are near you is to stay calm and don’t flap your arms around – even though this is instinct! 🙂

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Get creative to make the perfect bee bath!

Making your garden more bee friendly can be more than just planting flowers.
You want to attract them with gorgeous blooms, but while they are in your garden you will want to give them a place to collect water: a pond, fountain, or a bee bath.
They need very shallow water to drink from. However, shallow water evaporates quickly. Birdbaths are not the best option as bees tend to drown if the water isn’t shallow enough. As for rivers and lakes, bees risk their lives trying to get water.

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A bee bath is easy to make and it’s a nice touch to help out your pollinating guests!
After all, without those busy workers in the garden, you wouldn’t have as many beautiful blooms or fresh vegetables and fruits to harvest.

You will need the following:
Shallow dish
Plant pot
Stones/pebbles/marbles
Fresh water

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Plant pot stand (Pic – Garden Therapy)

Choose a spot in the garden that is shady.
Turn a plant pot upside down and place a ceramic bowl on the top.
Add the stones/pebbles/marbles (most important) then top up the bowl with water.
Change and top up your water as often as needed.

Marbles can work really well for a bee bath!

Marbles can work really well for a bee bath!

Did you know…Bees have to visit 2 million flowers to make 1kg of honey & fly an average of 13-15 mph!?

 

Happy making!

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