I'm saving bees from the pool. Why are our bees dying?
By The Horse
Walnut Creek, California
June 12, 2019 11:28pm CST
Why are so many bees dying in our pool? When I find them struggling on the surface, I find a leaf, remove them from the pool, and place them on the side, where it's dry. Today, I batted 1 for 4, or .250. One of the bees I save survived, and eventually flew away, hopefully to pollinate our plants and raise a few families. When I initially saved her, she started back toward to pool. So I splashed some water where she could drink it and she stopped and drank the water. Within ten minutes she was safely dry (but hydrated) and had flown off. Is global warming (whether man-made or a part of the Earth's usual cycles) responsible for the decrease in the bee population? I have no clue. Are bees becoming dehydrated and climbing into pools (and rivers and lakes) to get water, where the ultimately drown? I have no clue. But I'm going to keep saving bees. I am a part of the world's eco-system.
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• United States
didn't'cha say 'twas 105 this week 'lready?? those lil bees need a safe place to drink. shallow bowl with pebbles 'n water, somethin' with a twig they can climb out with - somethin'. much'f the bees decline 'd be most likely linked to pesticides. folks dislike all lil critters out'n their lawns... 'n behalf 'f those bees ~ thanks much fer yer 'fforts!
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• United States
@TheHorse ya could put one'n yer porch :) there's lil anti-skeeter pellets ya can get to 'void those deliveries 'n such'll not harm the bees 'r birds who might visit. i use anti-skeeter pellets durin' 'season' (wow, we're'n a roll!) out'n the pond, the bird bath 'n the stock tanks. when 't rains, i put 'em'n the large puddles, too.
I have read some articles about the relationship of bees to the global warming and most of them are saying there is a connection that there is an effect on how the bees react differently to our changing climate pattern that confuses them of the season they are in so they are not able to cope with the changes.
• United Kingdom
I think there isn't much doubt that the mass use of pesticides is one of the major causes. How could we even have thought that they would affect the insects we didn't like and not the others? And who knows what effects these chemicals have - they could cause disorientation or thirst, who knows?
I've read lot of reasons, can't remember any right now, but I save an enourmous bumblebee yesterday and maybe a very small one. The huge one was stuck in the stable, so I managed to get it in a box and take it outside. The small one was in water bucket. It was alive when I took it out, but I didn't see it fly off. Hopeful though, it was nice and warm.