The icy weather of February affected all sorts of wildlife in Texas and damaged plants across the state, including the ones honeybees rely on for food. Some on social media have suggested putting sugar water out as a potential food source for the bees. But Dr. Jessica Beckham said that isn’t the way to go. Beckham is an entomologist at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

“You shouldn’t try and feed the bees unless you’re talking about growing flowers. That’s a way to feed the bees. But you don’t need to set out sugar water or anything like that. They’ll take care of themselves, and they’ll be able to find the flowers that are blooming,” she said.

Read more from Jerry Clayton with Texas Public Radio here.