I made a small insect/bird waterer for our porch using an old serving dish that has been decommissioned from the kitchen. It's near a bird feeder and all of the porch plants, so it will get lots of action (and has, as it's been in use for several weeks now!)
--- not even for a moment do things stand still: witness color in the trees. ---seiju
The wild bees are awake in our area so I pulled out what we need to make a watering station.
The first photo shows an old cracked watering station that we had used before. I had planned on using the marbles but my son gathered smooth pebbles and we decided to use them instead. We used the aquarium sand we had on hand, which is animal safe. The sticks are prunings from our apple tree.
I chose the location for the following reasons: the least natural part of our property at the moment which means there aren't many places water will accumulate on a regular basis, south facing so it is where the first blooms are and is drier than other areas, and it is close to the house so I can check it easily.
I had an extra glass dish laying around, plus some rocks and sticks from the yard. I didn't feel this to the top, because I didn't want to create a drowning hazard lol. I used the sticks to create walk-downs for the bees/insects as well as rocks so that they can land and take a load off
I created an insect watering station on the south side of the hugel beds at Wheaton Labs. There's a lot of wind and sun there, and I wanted to encourage more beneficial bugs to stick around.
Here are two images of the materials: the first is a platter I found at Goodwill for $6. The second is the pile of rocks and gravel from which I skimmed the "standing materials."
This image is of the watering station in progress. As it happens, I wasn't settled with this particular arrangement, so this is like version 1.0 .
I realized that there wasn't enough shallow surface for more bugs, so I grabbed some gravel from the rock face and removed most of the twigs. I was more satisfied with this version, and then it started raining so I will let Mother Nature do the work of filling it completely with water. Should you need an image of that to clarify this station's effectiveness, I can eventually comply with that.