In Britain, honeybees contribute nearly $200 million more to the economy annually than the Royal Family. At home in the U.S., they generate more than $24 billion each year.

How do they do it? Hard labor.

A bee’s wings beat roughly 200 times per second, which creates that distinctive buzz and helps them fly as fast as 15 miles per hour. That’s faster than most humans can run – an incredible feat when you consider a bee’s size. That speed comes in handy, as a hive of bees needs to travel 55,000 miles to produce one pound of honey.

Since a single hive produces 85 pounds of honey each year, you can be sure our little fuzzy friends stack up a lot of mileage!

As you might expect, bees need lots of water to keep going. But lakes and rivers pose drowning risks and make bees vulnerable to predators. That’s where you can help, by making your own bee watering station!

Eddie from PA Organic Garden on YouTube has one brilliant method. He recommends you take a plastic bowl, fill it with water and place glass marbles in it. The marbles provide the bees a nice place to land and drink the water that collects in between the beads.

Check out Eddie’s method below!

Be sure to plant some bee-friendly flowers near to the watering station. This will help the bees get nectar. In return for your help, the bees will pollinate your garden. It’s a win-win!

Be sure to let us know how this bee watering method works for you in the comments below.