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Bees in pond sludge

Hello allimage

I have bees in my chimney and today they are all over the garden.

I've noticed them around the pond before but today they are all over a patch that has dried out, not at the watery side.

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Does anyone know if there is something in the sludge they want or are they just keeping to the shallows for safety?image

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 21,258

    THEY COULD BE A TYPE OF MASONRY BEE AND MIGHT BE COLLECTING THE WET MUD TO CEMENT UP A CAVITY CONTAINING AN EGG.

    THAT'S JUST A WILD GUESS, BY THE WAY.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,467

    I thought these were honeybees but could be wrong...

    Been on hands and knees next to the pond trying to work out what they're up to?

    Last edited: 14 April 2017 14:59:40

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,467

    SORRY, TRIED TO EDIT IN BOLD - DIDN'T WORKimage

  • Mark56Mark56 Windsor, BerkshirePosts: 1,653

    It could be as Pansy suggested but it does seem a little early, with that said everything is early this Spring. Bees do need fresh water to drink from in times of drought. I put a saucer with pebbles in for them to land and drink safely outside.

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 21,258

    DON'T WORRY ABOUT ENLARGING YOUR TEXT, VS. 

    I CAN SQUISH IT TO MAKE IT BIGGER ON THE IPAD.

    WHAT I CAN'T DO IS MAKE THE TYPING-IN BOX BIGGER -SO I CAN'T SEE MY OWN THOUGHTS.

    ALL QUITE BEWILDERING.image

    THIRSTY HONEY BEES? WHY NOT? MAYBE THEY FIND MINERALS IN THERE.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,467

    I've topped the pond up now and they are still landing on the stray bits of algae and trails of sludge rather than drinking off the edge of a stone for example...cooler now so less about now. I'll keep an eye on the weirdos.image

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,391
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,467

    Ohhhhh - this makes perfect sense now, thanks Bob.image The 'water' certainly was fragrant as the the article says!

    Feel guilty now for filling it up, might scoop some out and chuck it in the other little pond.

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 21,258

    SMOOTHIES FOR BEES.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,467

    Yumimage

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