One of the things new beekeepers are advised to do is provide their bees with a source of water. (My sister will laugh at this, because she knows I'm a wee bit obsessed with providing water for stray animals.) The thinking goes like this: if you give the bees water, they won't go hunting for other sources and end up antagonizing the neighbors by drinking out of their swimming pools or dogs' water dishes.
I bought a water barrel back in June of 2011, but the bees never noticed it.
The cats loved to drink out of it, and of course, it came with an assortment of dead widow spiders.
Finally, about two weeks ago, the bees found the water. Even though it has been raining (finally!) for days and days, there are typically about a dozen bees drinking from the barrel.
I'm wondering what's going to happen when the cats need a drink?