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Something Wrong with the Bees?

29 March 2010 16:46:05
Something Wrong with the Bees?

Something Wrong with the Bees?

Steno recently posted a journal about a bee that seemed completely comatosed inside a flower.

I came across the same thing today on a Hyacinth in the greenhouse. The bumble bee was in the flower but not moving at all. When I came back several hours later, he was still in exactly the same position. I thought he was dead except that he made a slight movement.

I'm sure this isn't right? I wonder could there be something wrong with the bees!


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Lìga Lìga 29 March 2010 16:51:50

To cold for them,,thats wrong!Them need heat and sun,for getting energy after cold winter.


Rachel Rachel 29 March 2010 16:53:36

Dick, I think you are rivalling Spider for the position of resident wit on this site : )

Maybe that's it, Liga. It is not the behaviour of a healthy happy bee!

 


Ladybird Ladybird 29 March 2010 19:18:36

Rachel, hubby reckons the bee needs sugar, if you put 1/4 teaspoon sugar on a spoon and dilute it with tepid water and bring it to the bee, he should suck up the sugar and fly away.This is something he does if he see a bee in distress and it works.


Ternie Ternie 29 March 2010 19:18:49

I think, this little friend will be all right, when it will be warmer. He's not dead, just sleeping :) Insects are much more resistant, than we can imagine.


yorkshirelass yorkshirelass 29 March 2010 19:42:46

I have noticed a few large bees buzzing around my garden they don't seem to have this lethargic condition they just keep flitting into my Hellebores and daffs.


fran m fran m 29 March 2010 20:04:27

Conbination of cold and sugar makes sense.


MartinB MartinB 29 March 2010 20:13:06

I have one like that who has been hanging around the door of my workshop for a week, he had a close shave with a cricket ball the other day and the game had to be abandoned.


Ternie Ternie 29 March 2010 20:23:31

:))) Dick, and this Bumble Bee flies to the Magic Kingdom of tsar Saltan :)))


MartinB MartinB 29 March 2010 22:03:40

Dick you are rather amusing I must say. The cricket bat nearly caught him as well, for unlike Rachel's one this fellow was constantly flying  around the door. I had to forcibly eject him from my workshop on several occasions, for although he was not buzzing he did occasion me to feel alarmed by his divebombing technique.


Rachel Rachel 29 March 2010 23:22:14

My bee was gone by the time I went back this evening. I hope he is okay. I will remember the sugar tip, thanks Ruth.


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