Here are some nice videos on making bee and insect watering stations.
To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- you must make a bee/insect watering station
To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
- post a picture of the materials for the watering station
- post a picture of the watering station under construction
- post a picture of the completed bee/insect watering station with water
These are the materials I used to make my bee/insect watering station: a round piece of dimensional lumber and some twigs. I wanted to keep this as simple and natural as possible, so I stuck with keeping it very simple.
I used a chainsaw to carve out the basin portion of my bee/insect watering station.
These are a couple of pictures that show my bee/insect watering station does indeed hold water, in a manner that bees and insects won't drown when they come to drink water.
Just for future reference, designs like the one I just did here might need a little more fiddling with them and love and care. I left my bee watering station full of water overnight, and it appears to no longer hold water, probably because the water expanded when it froze and cracked it.
Made an insect watering station today with my son to pair with the Mason bee house we put up. We followed the example in Paul's video with Jacqueline.
We used a "birdbath" that's here at the rental house (birds don't seem to care much for it), and placed in it rocks (mostly quartz and a bit of sandstone, the sandstone wicks water up), shells to collect teensy pools of water, some bark and some twigs.
A local environmental group sent me some sunflower seeds to encourage pollinators. I planted those and the bunnies ate them all so I built this "bunny proof" stone herb spiral/pollinator garden with a 30 gallon pond at the base. I put in lots of driftwood and Lemon Bacopa so the pollinators would have perches. The pond is stocked with a couple dozen minnows to control mosquito larvae. The spiral has flowering purslane, marigolds, Mexican Bush Sage, chamomile, and another flowering bush I forgot the name of.
These are the stones I used to build the spiral and line the pond:
It's real rainy today but I still have a customer.
First are the materials for the watering station: black pot (for height), water dish, rocks harvested from the driveway (drive is crushed rock), glass pebbles, a few twigs leftover from another project.
The water tray is on the black pot nestled in the garden with the rocks and pebbles - still fiddling with getting the twigs stable. I added the pebbles so the bugs still have landing spots when the water is getting low.
Finished bee/insect watering station with water.
Co-Steward of a Natural Burial Cemetery in south-central Washington State