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you're not mad, you're lovely!
I have become an expert (even if I say so myself) with the glass and credit card method of rescuing bees in my conservatory!
Even though today has been overcast, grey and quite a chilly wind, the bumblebees have been cavorting around the various clumps of flowering hellebores in the sheltered borders. Last week when it was warm & sunny, there were several wasp-mimicing flies around the same areas too. Spring is definitely here, at last!
@KEF sorry to hear your bee didn't survive. I had another one last week that was so weak she just dropped her head into the sugar solution and couldn't lift it out. So I gently stroked her thorax (head) with the back of my finger. I think this must have inspired a defence reaction in her as she suddenly stuck out her proboscis and started drinking. She drank for an hour, and the next morning I set her free. Maybe the stroking was a coincidence but I will definitely try that again as I too have lost bumblebees that I've taken home but have been too weak to feed.
How absolutely heartwarming. A lovely story.
How often do we see them flaked out on the floor and just walk by... I now know what i`ll be doing next time. Thanks for sharing.
Found a bumblebee clinging to one of my plant pots in my greenhouse this morning. He wouldn't even move when I gave him a 'bottom nudge' so he was well on his way to the big bee heaven.
Took him + pot outside and used a leaf to put him on the soil, then dashed in for my pouring maple syrup and put a large dollop in front of his head. This totally confused him as I found out when he moved a little that I'd plopped the syrup in front of his bottom by mistake - I thought he was an orange bottomed bee!
He started eating - I could actually detect his tongue prodding at the syrup and his little bottom going up and down as he fed. He ate for about 5 minutes as I kept plopping syrup in front of him. Then he wiped his back with his wings, did a few turns then flew off! It was so satisfying to see.
I'll be checking my greenhouse more carefully before I shut it for the night in future.
After the pouring rain one day last week, I found a bumble sat on a muscari totally soaked and not moving at all. As it was still raining I put a washing up bowl unturned balancing on a brick so as to give it shelter from the rain and give it a chance to dry off. I checked the next morning (sun was out) and the bee had not moved at all
I decided plan B was needed and so I picked the flower with her on, moved her to the sunny front garden and popped some delicious organic honey down in front of her. After a few minutes she was pacing around the honey lid whilst feeding and then prompting walked off to to a patch of weeds to dry off! She flew off shortly after. I was surprised how quickly she recovered.
Here is a couple of photos of Mrs B
I have found that, i do not find bees in distressed, in my gardens!
I do find them on the street/pavement out side and since this thread started i now carry a small syringe with sugar syrup around in my pocket. (people think that i am diabetic OH!!!)
I lay on the pavement and give them the drop they need.
They thinks, I'm mad, i may be but they stop and watch the results. (They loves to see what happens after.) If i cant pick them up and put them in my pocket then at least i can give them some energy to go beyond and not get squashed by passers bye.
Its funny as i have found many obsessive/compulsive and eccentric people on here, with so much knowledge and experience, that they have been cornered into GW forum. (we now have a niche of people that i just love AND KNOW TOO MUCH)
Even small places that we mention and can put earth into and (ENJOY GROWING)
Spent far to much time on this thread.