I saved a bee today!

I saved a bee today!

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Mobile Chicane

19,641 posts

181 months

Monday 28th June
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Brian Bilston, The Last Bee

After the last ee
had uzzed its last uzz,

the irds and the utterflies
did what they could.

ut soon the fields lay are,
few flowers were left,

nature was roken,
and the planet ereft.

Joey Ramone

2,104 posts

94 months

Monday 28th June
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Remembered I took a photo of the little chap while he was drinking his sugar water

Dominic Saaaaab

55 posts

3 months

Monday 28th June
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I have two large trees in a courtyard that are covered in bumblebees at this time of year and subsequently we get a lot of sleepy ones inside.
My good wife has gracefully accepted that there will be drops of sugar water all over the floorboards as I have to resuscitate several bees every day.
Also followed a huge swarm the other day (thankfully away from my house and towards the neighbour's!), a most impressive sight.

Keep up the good work. smile

loquacious

1,067 posts

126 months

Monday 28th June
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Good on yer! smile

Cool starry etc incoming...

Many years ago when I was but a nipper, my mother's current chap (who nowadays we would call an old hippy!) showed me how he could stroke a bee that was in his garden. I was an unbeliever (and possibly a tad scared of bees- definitely wasps the hateful little buggers!) and so very carefully he stroked this large bee who seemed to enjoy the experience.

The next day at school, I showed a friend just what I'd seen as he didn't believe me. Of course, I got stung! The difference was late afternoon/evening the little bee should have been at home tucked up in bed as he was sleepy and docile, while in the middle of a sunny day the bee was FAR from sleepy... or docile!

HappyMidget

6,081 posts

84 months

Monday 28th June
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rxe said:
Sorry to be the nerdy one when it comes to saving bees. Please don’t feed them honey, ever. Feed them sugary water, and if necessary warm them up in a cupped hand (safe for bumbles, honey bees with thank you the a sting).

There are a whole load of diseases spread by honey, and you have no idea at all where supermarket honey comes from. There are frequent outbreaks of American and European foul brood near honey processing plants. Foul brood is nasty - turns the hives to goop inside, and the only real answer is to burn them.

Honey jars are the only recycling that I bother to wash - bees are very good at finding honey (as you’d expect), so when you lob out your (Chinese in all likelihood) supermarket honey, you’re possibly exposing them to disease.
This is my go to Honey. Get it from Sainsbury's https://www.littleoverapiaries.com/product/english... I like it because the company is from where I grew up

so called

8,354 posts

178 months

Tuesday 29th June
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We give them a blob of jam if we find one starved of energy.
It's great to see them recover. smile

BoRED S2upid

16,702 posts

209 months

Tuesday 29th June
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Our 4 year old does the same with a bit of assistance she shouts bee rescue when she finds one and we give it some honey. Hopefully she becomes a vet and puts me in a nice retirement home smile

Richard-390a0

1,092 posts

60 months

Tuesday 29th June
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Just one of many online options to buy a ready made bee revival kit - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bee-Revival-Invertbee-ins...

TR4man

4,359 posts

143 months

Tuesday 29th June
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Richard-390a0 said:
Just one of many online options to buy a ready made bee revival kit - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bee-Revival-Invertbee-ins...
I never knew such a thing existed!

BoRED S2upid

16,702 posts

209 months

Tuesday 29th June
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BoggoStump

265 posts

18 months

Wednesday 30th June
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BoRED S2upid said:
Our 4 year old does the same with a bit of assistance she shouts bee rescue when she finds one and we give it some honey. Hopefully she becomes a vet and puts me in a nice retirement home smile
Did you read what has been said about Honey?

BoRED S2upid

16,702 posts

209 months

Wednesday 30th June
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BoggoStump said:
Did you read what has been said about Honey?
Yep it’s all good it’s local honey.

StevieBee

10,116 posts

224 months

Wednesday 30th June
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Talking of bees....

Currently working in Albania. They have the most amazing Bees I've ever seen. Huge, completely black but with a metallic blue/green shimmer on the wings - like when oil and water mix on a black road. I'll try and grab a photo later.

TR4man

4,359 posts

143 months

Wednesday 30th June
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StevieBee said:
Talking of bees....

Currently working in Albania. They have the most amazing Bees I've ever seen. Huge, completely black but with a metallic blue/green shimmer on the wings - like when oil and water mix on a black road. I'll try and grab a photo later.
You have a very appropriate user name!

AndrewGP

1,677 posts

131 months

Wednesday 30th June
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Ambleton said:
Tango13 said:
I needed to re-seed some of the borders in both gardens when I moved here a couple of years back. I googled 'best seed mix for bees and butterflies' or something similar. I've given up trying to count how many bees I get of various species, some are tiny and some could take a fully grown cow hehe
just looked at similar things and we have virtually all the recommended plants already well established or on the way.

Some of them do rather take over, but the ground cover offered by the spreading geraniums is used extensively by frogs.
In our small town, lot's of people have been seeding areas of their gardens to grow wild flowers. It started a couple of years ago and has now gained a bit of traction which is great to see.

Great story OP, we've saved a few bees this year and it's a great feeling!

StevieBee

10,116 posts

224 months

Wednesday 30th June
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TR4man said:
StevieBee said:
Talking of bees....

Currently working in Albania. They have the most amazing Bees I've ever seen. Huge, completely black but with a metallic blue/green shimmer on the wings - like when oil and water mix on a black road. I'll try and grab a photo later.
You have a very appropriate user name!
Ha! Yeah... smile

Anyway, not the greatest pic but managed to snap one. I know it looks like a beetle but is defiantly a bee. Around twice the size of a UK Bumble Bee.


extraT

1,444 posts

119 months

Wednesday 30th June
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StevieBee said:
Ha! Yeah... smile

Anyway, not the greatest pic but managed to snap one. I know it looks like a beetle but is defiantly a bee. Around twice the size of a UK Bumble Bee.

Wait, I’ve seen this episode of black mirror….

Cliffe60

1,575 posts

5 months

Wednesday 30th June
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We have loads of bumble bees in our garden, there’s normally a nest somewhere in it.
As well as the familiar big stripey ones, we get a lot of smaller ginger ones. We call them Scottish Bumble bees.

Mexican cuties

616 posts

91 months

Wednesday 30th June
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is maple syrup ok, and also whats the sugar water ratio, never had a clue honey was bad, so thanks for heads up

Boosted LS1

20,182 posts

229 months

Wednesday 30th June
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Natural honey must be ok, I have some from a friends hive. I wouldn't buy shop honey even for me.