Last night while we were packing up our garden things I spotted a Bee on the leaf of a kale that I had just removed to make way for my tomatoes. Now, it was quite late as we were gardening under the spotlights. So, I thought, “Perhaps I should take this little one in for the night. Figuring that it probably needed some sustenance to get it back in action for the next day what did I give it…? You guessed it…Honey! =) Lucky for Bea I always have the good (local) stuff on hand.
So I stuck a fork into my honey pot and transferred three little drops of honey onto the base of the jar that was going to house Bea for the night. This worked out well at first. Paul and I were watching Bea’s little tongue sucking up the much-needed nourishment.
However, after climbing the walls of the jar for a while little Bea fell wing down right in the drops of honey!
I gently helped the poor dear back onto her feet but alas; her little wings were all stuck together. [note to self: next time, put the honey up on the side of the jar!] I wondered for a while if she would be able to clean herself. I walked away to leave her to it. However, when I came back I found her wing down again stuck to the bottom of the jar. So, out came a new, clean jar and I transferred her across.
I went into the bathroom, grabbed a cotton bud and little pichbowl with warm water. When the cotton bud was soaking wet I placed it gently over her wings and moved ever so slightly back and forth. The cotton bud actually didn’t even touch her as the water droplets were acting like a force field. When I was satisfied that the sticky honey had dissolved I got out a piece of super absorbent paper towel and just touched the water droplets which immediately sucked all of the water off of Bea and into the paper.
I left her in a warm spot for the night. This morning guess who was alive and rearing to get back out there? Buzzy Bea!
I just took my little friend out to the spot where I found her. I said “Madame Bea, I hope you have enjoyed you stay with us. Bee safe and enjoy your day!”. (Ha-ha!)
Off she went, straight to work.
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