Having just read The Good Bee by Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum I felt I knew a little bit more about this fascinating group. This morning I noticed a bee on my driveway in Chattenden, not flying and crawling in a very lethargic way. Taking the advice of the authors I carefully scooped it up. Then I made a very sugary mixture and soaked it into a small ball of cotton wool and placed the bee on it. Within seconds its' little tongue came out and sucked up the sweet nectar substitute. After 20 minutes, suitably revived it flew off to pollen forage another day. Next time you see a 'drunk bee' try this. Trust me it's immensely rewarding and as a bonus, you'll be helping to save the planet.

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