Review – Vision Bee Cups
By Anders Lorenzen
Globally all species of bees are in trouble, habitat loss and human intrusion, the rise of pesticides and chemicals and the lack of flowering resources and depletion of nature, as for instance perfectly mown lawns with a diminishing amount of the wildflowers that are critical to establish a healthy bee population are frequently more and more so a commonplace in gardens.
An innovative solution
Jen Rose, an eco-artist and inventor had during the pandemic, like so many others, plenty of time in her garden. One of her observations, which was going to lead to her next invention, was that the bees were drinking from her porcelain sculptures.
After doing some extensive research on the issue she discovered that the bees use water to control their body temperatures as well as diluting honey for their young and even cooling their hive through evaporative cooling.
She was determined to use her creative skills to do something for the bees, but before doing so she needed to do further research to make sure that what she created would indeed be truly beneficial and not harm the pollinators. After studying the science of bee anatomy, she learned to her surprise that bees have hooks on their feet like toes.
The end product was Vision Bee Cups – perfectly illustrated in the below video. It combines delicate handmade art with fascinating science into a solution that combats the decline of native bees and honey bees.
The bee cups include critical features such as texturizing the inside of the bee cups so that the insects can easily climb in and out. In addition she also created an Ultraviolet ceramic glaze which mimics the way flowers attract bees. The bee cups are exclusive for various bee species as they only hold a teaspoon of water, which is only half the amount of water that mosquitoes need for instance.