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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Honey bees enjoying a drink on a hot day

Karl Foord, Extension Educator - Horticulture




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Photo 1: Honey bee watering hole



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Photo 2: Honey bees hovering around watering hole



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Photo 3: Honey bees hovering around watering hole



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Photo 4: Honey bee hovering while drinking



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Photo 5: Honey bee drinking on edge of puddle

If you think back to last Friday May 30 2014, it was a hot day with temperatures in the high 80's. I was observing pollinators in the apple trees at Pine Tree Apple Orchard. They were draining a low area of one of the fields and in the process created a puddle (Photo 1) just across the field road from a number of honeybee hives. This was a perfect opportunity for the bees to gather around the watering hole, if you will. The bees would hover around the hole looking for a good place to land without getting wet (Photos 2 & 3). One honeybee hovered while she drank (Photo 4), but all the others landed prior to drinking (Photo 5).

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