Thirsty Bees & Butterflies: Creating Watering Spots for Pollinators
Summary: Pollinating is hard work. But so is trying to stay afloat in a big pool of water when you’re just a little bee. Students will have the opportunity to create small watering spots for our hard-working pollinators, some of our most important garden creatures.
- Gather: One bucket of rocks or glass stones (decorated if you want!), water, and pie plate
- Explore: Butterfly Camerahttp://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/exhibits/always-on-display/butterfly-rainforest/canopy-cam/
- Read: Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors by Petr Horacek
In the Garden:
Pollinators are some of the hardest workers in the garden. Without pollinators, we don’t have plants. Doing their job can make them quite thirsty!
Questions to Explore:
-Do you see any butterflies in the garden?
-Can you hear any bees?
-Bees and butterflies like bright colors. Do you see any colors in the garden?
They also need to drink water. Do you see any spots for them to get water?
It is hard for pollinators to drink out of big watering spots like pools, lakes, and rivers. Our job today is to find a way for them to stay hydrated in our garden.
- Can you think of a way we could make a watering spot for pollinators using a pie plate and rocks?
- Place the pie plate in a spot near some flowers, pour in the rocks, and add some water. Keep a sharp eye; perhaps you’ll see some pollinators taking a break!
Beyond the Garden | Preparing for Pollinators
Talk to your garden manager or local nursery about making your yard friendlier for butterflies and bees. Add a watering spot, some flowers, maybe even a feeder. Use the resources below to find out more information about pollinators.
Continue Exploring | Supporting Materials
- Pollinators: http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/
- Monarch Butterfly Life Cycle: https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/image_maps/48-monarch-butterfly-life-cycle
- Friendly Gardens: https://www.pollinator.org/bfg