GETTING IN TOUCH WITH NATURE: Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves
of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." ~ Rachel Carson
I found a bumble bee on a window sill in my sun room yesterday.
I wanted to take her outside but she flew to the window sill and found a place to hide. Today, I found her again and took her outside, but she was so weak, the wind blew her over and she fell to the ground. I picked her back up and tried to give her some sugar water. She fell into the bowl and didn't seem to want any. So I took her out and spent time with her. I showed her to my dog, Cooper. I've taught him to be gentle with all living creatures so he doesn't try biting at them.
Below you will see the bee's whole leg in the air. That's a warning signal that she uses to tell other creatures that they are close enough. She did this a couple of times when I first began playing with her. All I had to do was stop and move more slowly. Once she realized I wasn't going to hurt her, she never raised her leg again. I'm sure she's telling my dog to not get too close, too fast.
The bumble bee (below) is on one of Cooper's stuffed bears.
I set the bee on his head and he let her walk down his face! When he got to her eye, he wanted to take his foot and scratch, so I picked the bee up.
When bees get to where they don't want to fly (yesterday she was flying, but not today) and start walking incessantly, I find they've often been introduced to some poison. I don't think this bee will last another day or so. I always wish I had more knowledge about what is really going on.
Below you can see her "fur" is wet from falling into the sugar water.