bee biology

The Bee-Thirsty: a mini wet-vac for bees

What a great trade name for a proboscis: The Bee-Thirsty! Imagine it as a type of built-in wet-vac for bees.

This 13-second clip is probably the cutest bee video I have ever seen, bar none. It was sent to me by Paul Packbier in Guam. He says, “I wanted to share this video my wife took today with her iPhone. I’ve taken photos of our bees enjoying the nectar and pollen of the nearby water lilies, but this is just too cute…”

I agree, it’s just plain adorable. It shows the bee going drop-to-drop and sucking down the water. The water disappears down the hatch just as it would in a wet-vac.



A bee sucks up water with its proboscis. We could call it a "bee-thirsty wet-vac."
A bee sucks up water with its proboscis. We could call it a “bee-thirsty wet-vac.” © Paul Packbier.

Bee with me . . .

In The Salt, NPR recently ran a short video about fungi and honey bee health called, “Could a mushroom save the honeybee?” It’s an interesting piece and well worth a watch. This item was sent to me by at least a dozen beekeepers, so be sure to have a look.

This Vimeo about The Solitary Bees was shot in the UK. The photography is outstanding and it gives you a good idea about the life of solitary bees everywhere. I love the shots of the wool carder bees hovering around the flowers. This item was sent to me back in June by Debbe Krape and others.


  • Rusty, in looking at some of your articles today, I thought I read one that said a hive could be put on top of a different hive, with a barrier in between the two supers, for the winter. Did I imagine that? If not, where would I find that again? Thank you.

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