So, That Is Why She Is Losing Her Marbles
September 18, 2017 11:39am CST
To make a safe drinking "fountain" for bees, my sister fills a pan with water and marbles. To keep from drowning, a bee needs a marble to stand on while taking a drink of water. Sis has to keep replenishing the marbles in the water-for-bees dish. Sis thought little kids were taking the marbles from the pan. Apparently, the marble thief is not a kid. My sister's email today revealed the identity of the marble thief: "As I sit in my kitchen typing this to you, a squirrel has been systematically stealing the marbles I have put out for the bees!!!!!! This is visit #4 that I have witnessed. I wondered why my marbles were disappearing!!!??? What the heck is up with this Debbie Kay?!?!?!" I told Sis that perhaps the squirrel thinks the marbles are colorful acorns. Or, perhaps the squirrel is lining its nest with those marbles for waterproofing purposes. Sis could have a squirrel who is really into home décor.
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• Moses Lake, Washington
@That's quite something. You remind me that I should put a shallow pan out under the flowering Russian sage and put something in there for the bees to stand on. Thanks. I wonder if Leah would pick up marbles? She tends to want to mouth thing.
• Moses Lake, Washington
@Corbin5 Leah is rather hilarious at times for sure. I often place hen's eggs on the deck for safe keeping while I go off and do other outside things. One day I could not find all the eggs. I found the missing egg in the middle of the yard. Leah had packed it carefully over there. Not sure why but the egg was unharmed.
@Corbin5 Deborah, that makes sense that the squirrel could think that the marbles are colorful acrons until they try and bite into it then they would need a squirrel dentist. You sister should be a vet. She is good with all. Don't the cats want to get near the bees? I do not bees at al. Have the bees ever stung her?
• United States
She is incredible with animals. Even when she was a little girl, she could handle any animal and care for it in ways that no one else could do. No, Sis's cats steer clear of the bees, and neither my sister or a cat has been stung, thank goodness. Bees only sting when disturbed.
• Momence, Illinois
It doesn't matter what it is a squirrel will take it. I just went out to get some green peppers from the garden and a squirrel was sitting on my wood pile with a huge tomato in it's jaws. That's food yes but the squirrels stealing the marbles doesn't surprise me at all.