Bee eggs in my birdbath

Asked July 23, 2019, 12:49 PM EDT

I placed a planter in the middle of my birdbath . And I have bees laying eggs in the water and in my planter . What? !

Stevens County Washington

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Hello, This is not usual for any bee species to lay eggs in that location or manner. Please submit an image here or physical sample to your local Extension office https://extension.wsu.edu/stevens/


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Hello, This is not usual for any bee species to lay eggs in that location or manner. Please submit an image here or physical sample to your local Extension office https://extension.wsu.edu/stevens/

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I refreshed the water in my birdbath this morning. It is the second or third time that it has happened in the last week. So when it happens again, and I'm sure that it will oh, I will get the picture and forward it to you.
Thank you for responding so quickly.
A second and third question I have is as follows.

If he thinks are left alone, will they be hatching? I believe these are washed eggs because we have a population of wasps around.

Do birds eat these bee egg are they beneficial in any way to leave them in the bird bath water?

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-Todd M.

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I have refreshed the water in my bird feeder three times in the last week and they keep laying your eggs in there. I am sure that I will get another opportunity to take a photo and send it off to you.
I have a couple more questions however
Do birds eat these eggs the bees lay in the waters?
Do they hatch from the water?

I don't believe birds would eat the eggs. If they are bee eggs, I don't believe they would hatch. Insect eggs need to be specialized to be adapted to water. I do not know of any bee species that is adapted to aquatic environments.

So why do the bees lay their eggs in the water if they're not going to hatch and the birds are going to eat them. What's the purpose of it what are they thinking why are they doing this?

I can't say for sure until seeing a specimen of what could be happening.