Do Bee Do Bee Do

After the weather we’ve had, it’s been pretty depressing to set off on the bike in a jacket, gloves and tweed cap – I’ve grown rather fond of pottering round in a t-shirt and shorts. And I’m not the only one feeling the weather. Venturing out this afternoon to rescue the washing from yet another shower, I came across a dopey bumble bee that seemed to have given up the ghost.

A teaspoonful of honey* and water seemed to do the trick.

bee sipping honey

It’s rare you get to see a bee properly up close, so I made the most of it as it lapped up the water. Insect tongues seem to be all the rage this week …

bee close up

It soon perked up, had a poo (or whatever the bee equivalent** is – certainly something shot out its back end; I told you I was watching it closely), groomed itself and as I left it to it, was struggling to get airborne again. I hope in my eagerness to help I haven’t contributed to some sort of apine obesity crisis…

I hope everyone in London is enjoying their break from the heat, because I can tell you, I’d be very happy to see the heatwave return up here. And so would my new pal the bee …

*Post-hoc googling suggests I should have just used sugar and water rather than honey so hopefully I haven’t spread any nasty germs

** Googling bee poo suggests that they do … as always, you step into specialist fora at your own peril as an Internet rabbithole awaits.

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6 Responses to Do Bee Do Bee Do

  1. Tony Lupton says:

    Confirming bee poo, or is it bee wee? At our last house we had a tree which attracted thousands of bees when flowering, and after a few days, the ground underneath smelt pretty rank. We always attributed it to bee wee!

  2. Lizzie says:

    I agree about getting used to wearing summer clothes. It saves a lot of time and thought!

  3. Always nice to hear about bee rescues. But shouldn’t your post have been titled ‘Do bees poo? Bees do.’? 😉

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