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Tea Cups, Bee Cups

Posted by tomatofreak Z9 Phx USA (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 29, 12 at 22:46

I initially put these cups (there are two) out as a bit of garden decor, but filled them with water for birds. They have been entirely co-opted by bees and yellow wasps. I fill both cups twice a day at least. They drink every drop and I feel guilty if the water runs out. If the cups run dry and I start filling with the water wand, they rush to the wand to drink. Now I have to get a bird bath and put it somewhere else in the yard for the birds. Btw, the piece of bark is in there as a life raft. Bees can't lift off like wasps do so they climb on the raft to fly off.

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RE: Tea Cups, Bee Cups

That's really nifty! :) Great idea to give the bees a launch pad. There must be a beehive somewhere nearby. I see bees in the garden but they don't take water from my birdbaths (which are nothing but large terracotta saucers filled with water).

RE: Tea Cups, Bee Cups

Wonderful! It's terrific that you're providing such nice resources for wildlife. I love it. I'm super envious too, as I love bees and hornets/wasps.

In my last garden, I had a slow-drip water water feature that always had bees drinking from it and I loved it. In my current place (in Scottsdale not too far from the old one) I do get quite a few bees, but they only visit the flowers and not the several birdbaths I keep filled. Grrrr. I'm envious. Oh way, I already said that. Well, it's true!

Great post and pic, thanks for sharing it!

RE: Tea Cups, Bee Cups

I haven't seen many of the larger types of wasps around until recently, there's been a big golden one scouting around. I like them hunting in my garden; don't want them building a nest on my porch. :)

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