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Hello Everyone,

My photograph, today, is not spectacular but it is a little bit of evidence of how we can help nature.

I found this bee, exhausted and lethargic on our garden step.

By making a sugar solution and just leaving a thin layer of it on a spoon, the bee was able to feed from it and within a few minutes had enough energy to fly away.

This sugar solution should only be used in emergencies to revive an exhausted bee; the sugar solution should not be left there indefinitely to encourage bees to come down, as it is a poor substitute for nectar and should be used for just a one-off revival procedure.

Thank you for your interest,
Bev :-)

I tried to identify the bee from my photograph and think it is a Bombus terrestris, the buff-tailed bumblebee or large earth bumblebee; it is one of the most numerous bumblebee species in Europe. It is one of the main species used in greenhouse pollination.

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