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Rescue Remedy for Bees (and butterflies)


crookymonsta e2
6 705 10 England
13 Aug 2009 12:16PM
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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digicammad e2
11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2009 12:21PM
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. Smile

Ian
Pete e2
13 18.7k 96 England
13 Aug 2009 12:23PM
That's incredible. thanks for sharing. I'll give it a go.
simont e2
10 2.2k 4 England
13 Aug 2009 12:28PM

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!

Smile
digicammad e2
11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2009 12:31PM

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. Wink
stolzy 9 3.8k 7
13 Aug 2009 12:39PM
Am I missing something here - there are people who will feed insects back to health?

Why?
digicammad e2
11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2009 12:41PM
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.

Ian
cattyal e2
9 6.4k 6 England
13 Aug 2009 12:47PM
I guess I'd better buy some sugar then just in case!
keith selmes
11 7.1k 1 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2009 12:51PM

Quote:there are people who will feed insects bad to health?

Why?


all part of being human Smile
stolzy 9 3.8k 7
13 Aug 2009 12:53PM

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?
Pete e2
13 18.7k 96 England
13 Aug 2009 12:58PM

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.....

Me too
cattyal e2
9 6.4k 6 England
13 Aug 2009 12:59PM
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.....
MattGrayson e2
7 622 3 England
13 Aug 2009 12:59PM
Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves. Smile
Boyd e2
11 11.2k 11 Wales
13 Aug 2009 1:16PM
Is Pete still printing that on your wage slips?
Smile
MattGrayson e2
7 622 3 England
13 Aug 2009 1:20PM
lol...Grin

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