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My garden is full of them due to seeded areas of native plants (native wildflower mix) and areas left to flowering weeds. Other species of bee also evident. Butterflies a bit thin on the ground though even though there's plenty of butterfly attracting plants.

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My garden is full of them due to seeded areas of native plants (native wildflower mix) and areas left to flowering weeds. Other species of bee also evident. Butterflies a bit thin on the ground though even though there's plenty of butterfly attracting plants.

 

Similar for us, worried about the butterflies, not seen any caterpillars either.

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Yes me too keep seeing them dead this year! But I've Also noticed them for the last 3 years.

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Sometimes they're exhausted and the best thing you can do is give them honey. i heard it on a programme a couple of years ago and since then I've restored several comatose bees with a drop of the amber nectar.

 

It's so gratifying watching them hover it up with their proboscis, then within a few minutes they're off, full of life. They need all the help they can get

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i don't think your supposed to give them honey, I could be wrong though. thought it was something to do with disease spread if the honey was contaminated.

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I read the best thing to give them is sugar mixed with water. Done this a few times and they usually fly off after eating some.

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The big bees are more prone to collapsing, so I've taken to carrying a little bottle of sugar water, if I see one comatose, I carry it to a plant and give it a few drops on a leaf. Bee doctor me

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The Bee's dying and thats all the types of Bee's including honey Bee's over the last few years is a big problem because without the Bee's we cannot survive.

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The big bees are more prone to collapsing, so I've taken to carrying a little bottle of sugar water, if I see one comatose, I carry it to a plant and give it a few drops on a leaf. Bee doctor me ��

 

and I thought it was only me that went around rescuing bees, but seemingly not, which is great :)

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Similar for us, worried about the butterflies, not seen any caterpillars either.

 

Not seen a caterpillar in years, and i am a keen gardener

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I too have found a disturbing number of dead bumble bees, but I put it down to the heavy rainfalls knocking them off the plants and drowning them.

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The ones that have taken up residence in my loft definitely aren't dead!

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