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Old 11-21-2008, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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I found some bees this last week. Literally millions of them on a farm growning fall crops of zucchini, cucumbers, bell peppers and tomatoes.

Hives everywhere around the farm. These people also use pesticides evidently very wisely. I saw the equipment for spraying in the fields. I stop by one set of hives. This is as close as I dared get. Several actually bumped me while taking the photo. No stings just I was in their flight pattern.
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Old 11-21-2008, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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My sugar bill is through the roof - primarily because I make sugar water to keep my hummingbird feeders full.

At their request, I feed the bees. I found that bees were drawn to my hummingbird feeders and would sometimes swarm them to the point the hummingbirds couldn't access them. So I selected another area and put some sugar water in a very shallow dish for the bees. It was a hit. There are no hives here, but I am fond of feeding the bees now as they pose no threat to me. Somehow, it seems to me that they know I am a friend and am putting food out specifically for them. Not so long ago, if someone told me to walk into a swarm of bees I'd think they were nut cases. And yet, here I am today, very mobility challenged and hobbling among the bees to fill their plates with sugar water.

Does anyone else include the bees in their wildlife feeding stations?
You know there's a shortage of bees, right? I think it's great you are doing what you're doing to keep the bees happy and healthy.
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Old 11-23-2008, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Eastern Maine
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Default Your firendly honeybees

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Bees must have water to make honey. I.
They don't really need water to make honey, they just want the sugar that is mixed in it. When they get back to their hive and transfer it to the honeycomb then they fan the inside to enable the water to get evaporated down to about 15%. That will get help them get through the winter but not what gets extracted for us to enjoy. Class dismissed.....
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Old 11-23-2008, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Bees need water:

Bees for Development :: Bees need water (BfD Journal 27) (http://www.beesfordevelopment.org/info/info/managing/bees-need-water.shtml - broken link)
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Old 11-24-2008, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Eastern Maine
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so true.... they do but I was referring to them feeding from the hummingbird feeders as opposed to them collecting nectar
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Old 09-30-2014, 04:10 AM
 
Location: South-Western USA , desert
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Some are using dryer sheets to keep bees away from their hummingbird feeders . . .


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