This is a bit of bee info I came across a few months back and wanted to re-share it now that the weather has turned. I had previously posted it on my facebook page and was really happy to have gotten an email from an herbalist friend of mine who used this advice and was able to help a stranded bee.
The changeable weather catches bees out, leaves them cold and away from home which often kills them.
BUT YOU CAN HELP. If you see a grounded or struggling bee just pick it up with a piece of paper and put them in a warm sheltered spot. Feed them some honey water, 1 part honey (local) to 2 parts water, using a pipette onto a suitable surface near by. It will fly away when it is ready. If it is getting dark or the weather is unsuitable you can hang on to it for a while. They will appreciate your kindness and pay you back.
Remember, if a queen is saved it may save a whole colony or generation. It only takes a minute and will directly help to reverse bee decline.
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Jessica Morgan, M.H.