Bees suck water in through their proboscis, the same "straw" used for nectar. The bees are one reason I spray down the plants in the morning on hot summer days. It will attract and support more pollinators.
Using Essential Oils for Honeybees. Three primary essential oils are useful in beekeeping: lemongrass, spearmint and thyme. Other oils such as wintergreen, spearmint and tea tree oil are also used in some formulations.
gREAT BEE WEBSITE WITH GREAT PICTURES. A perfectly symmetrical royal cell hangs head down from a comb. This cell has not yet been sealed by the bees and one can see a six day old larva exclusively feeding on royal jelly.