For a long time now I have seen many many bees on the ground, usually in parking lots or streets. I honestly thought they were all dead and it made me very sad.
Then I read an article the other day by David Attenborough, about saving bees. (click that to read it)
I have no idea if the bees I have been seeing were dead or only just so exhausted that they couldn't finish flying home or not, but I am going to do my best to try and help them anyway I can.
From the article:
“This time of year bees can often look like they are dying or dead, however, they're far from it. Bees can become tired and they simply don't have enough energy to return to the hive which can often result in being swept away.
“If you find a tired bee in your home, a simple solution of sugar and water will help revive an exhausted bee. Simply mix two tablespoons of white, granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water, and place on a spoon for the bee to reach. You can also help by sharing this post to raise awareness.”
The water and sugar mix will rehydrate the bee and give them much-needed energy when they get tired.
Also, a friend of mine said that often they get cold and can't fly. So if you see one on the ground, try holding it gently, see if that helps, then try a bit of sugar water. If you are worried about hurting them or getting stung, you can scoop them up gently with paper.
It may seem silly to some, but we need Bees and it is so sad to see so many of them on the ground either dead or dying because they can't get back to their hives and WE NEED BEES.
So go forth and help a bee!
Not vicious or malicious
Just de-lovely and delicious