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Talkback: Bumblebee rescue

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 09:38

@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.


Talkback: Bee flies

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 09:31
Thanks @patzz!

@fidgetbones Gosh you're right... I'll never look at a bee-fly without thinking of dementors again...

@oldchippy I've seen a lot of insects this spring too. I think last year's warm weather ensured that there were a good number going into hibernation in autumn. And it seems the wet weather since then hasn't impacted much on numbers (that would be my guess). Bumblebee queens everywhere. Is lovely to see.


Talkback: Big Garden Birdwatch 2014

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 09:21
Well they're still declining, but I read somewhere (RSPB/BTO?) that the decline has slowed slightly... but yeh, you're stuck with them for a while Bugman!

Talkback: A new allotment

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 09:58
Thanks for your messsages. I'm so excited. Thanks Happymarion I am very near a water source but I don't yet have a watering can on site! The heated propagator was fired up about three weeks ago...

greenbeanpickle Look out for a direct message regarding your query.


Talkback: Territorial garden birds

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 12:51
Wonderful photos Higgy!

Talkback: Growing nasturtiums

Posted: 30/11/2013 at 09:40
Ha. Thanks Old chippy.

Talkback: The common carder bumblebee

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 12:19
Let's hope so Oldchippy!

Talkback: Wasps

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 20:05
I like to dip my fingers in beer and let the wasps come to me to drink from my hand. Gorgeous little things. Go Bugman!

Talkback: Garden spiders

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 07:55

Hi everyone, nice to see so many comments on spiders! I admit to not being a fan of the giant house spider, but I prefer the conker method to the vacuum cleaner @oldchippy!

Talkback: Growing teasels

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 10:05
Old chippy - I love that about the flowers coming out as halos! I will always think of you now when I see one :)

fidgetbons - good tip re solitary bee hotels. Mine has a few hollow teasel stems in it too.
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Discussions started by Kate Bradbury

Talkback: Queen wasp

Lovely x x 
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Talkback: Leaf-cutter bees

Saw my first leaf-cutter only a couple of weeks ago Richard. Didn't get a chance to look at its underside... Kate 
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Potted ponds in Thailand

Just some of the many 'potted ponds' I found in Thailand 
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Favourite tools

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Redesign of garden

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Seed buying

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Plants still in flower?

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