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Was reading an article yesterday morning about bees and it said that if you find one crawling on the floor it is likely to be suffering from exhaustion. It suggests mixing 2 parts white sugar to 1 part water and placing it in an egg cup near flowers in the garden.
By coincidence there was a butterfly in the conservatory which had been there all night and wasn't moving. I relocated it to the garden, where it didn't move for over an hour despite heavy rain.
I mixed up the suggested sugar solution and put a few drops on the leaf in front of the butterfly, which immediately starting drinking it and was back on the wing within minutes.
There was a warning not to use brown sugar, which doesn't agree with the bees' digestive system, or honey which may contain viruses.
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Interesting, I'll have to try that.
We have had a butterfly on our window ledge for over 2 years now. Wonder if it will work on that.
That's incredible. thanks for sharing. I'll give it a go.
Quote: We have had a butterfly on our window ledge for over 2 years now. Wonder if it will work on that
Are you related to Pike (from Dads army by any chance) Ian as I want to say
You stupid boy!
Quote: Are you related to Pike (from Dads army by any chance) Ian as I want to say
You stupid boy!
Nope but you should be careful in case I'm related to the Kray twins.
Am I missing something here - there are people who will feed insects back to health?
Why not? Certainly for bees and butterflies, very useful things and both suffering at the moment.
Bees are disappearing at an alarming rate and as they are responsible for pollenating a significant percentage of our food crops that is bad news for us as well as them.
I guess I'd better buy some sugar then just in case!
Quote: there are people who will feed insects bad to health?
all part of being human
Quote: Why not? Certainly for bees and butterflies, very useful things and both suffering at the moment.
All true no doubt, but is nursing individual bees really likey to contribute to a solution?
Quote: All true no doubt, but is nursing individual bees really likey to contribute to a solution?
Just like "is not throwing litter down really going to make a difference?" Probably not, but it's not going to do any harm...and I'll feel better if I've helped.
Quote: Same reason I always free bees etc from the house - not much effort required and a live bee is a good bee.....
We don't know whether our actions towards one bee would make a jot of difference but for so little effort it's worth doing? Same reason I always free bees etc from the house - not much effort required and a live bee is a good bee.....
Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.
Is Pete still printing that on your wage slips?
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