A red tailed bumblebee worker (Bombus lapidarius) collecting nectar and pollen from a meadow cranesbill flower.

Photographed in the park, Friday 11th September.

National Insect Week – Day 2

HOW TO RESCUE A BUMBLEBEE

by Jonah Powers (aged 9½)

When you come across a discouraged exhausted Bombus terrestris (buff tailed bumblebee) here is what you should do.

(1 Mix water and sugar together.
(2 Place some on a flat surface with the bee
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(3 You will notice your bee unfurling her proboscis to consume the liquid
(4 After some time you will discover your bee is becoming more energetic
(5 Now your bee is ready to say “toodle -oo!”

Thank you for contributing to National Insect Week, Jonah.


A buff tailed bumble bee collecting nectar from hogweed at Puddle Corner while, in the background, the Friends of the Park clear a fallen willow from the path.

SAVING BUMBLE BEES

The warm weather has brought some queen bumblebees out from hibernation before there are enough nectar producing flowers to keep them going. If you find a bumblebee on the ground, too cold and weak to fly, you can help.

Click here to find out how to help

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