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How On Earth Does One Handfeed A Bee?

Updated on March 6, 2013

Here in Britain, it is apparently about to be declared the wettest year on record. Since it is 29th December today and still raining, I have every reason to believe it. Floods in JUNE:??? What was that all about? People being evacuated from their homes because of flooding in the Midsummer Month of June, left us wondering what Winter would be like.

Worse, of course, so much rain landslides were caused, , People crying while being interviewed on T.V. having lost their homes, .Yes, there were deaths too. All because of RAIN:! What a Year.!

Damage to the environment.

Listening to a News report last week, I heard that this wettest of years has caused a big Delcine in the bee population.

The bees are dying has been something that has interested me since I first heard about it. (RE. My Hub........... Give Bees A Chance.)

Why have we lost more bees during this continuous rain,? I thought. Have they drown ? No, but earth has become so sodden, that normal plant life has suffered, and the bees have not been able to find their usual food.

One Beekeeper said that he had taken to hand feeding his bees to save the hive. Eh?. My mind races at the thought .How on earth does one hand feed a bee.? I envisioned putting my hand out to a horse with an apple which he would take, or my friend and her dogs who love to sit in front of her and jump up when their name is called to take biscuits from her hand,.

Then of course, cats who usually do everything for themselves, apart from walking to the local store to buy cat food. They bury their own poo, they wash themselves daily , even behind their ears (teenage boys take note)

When a cat, or more likely a kitten needs to be hand fed, a babies bottle sometimes will suffice.

If the situation is really bad with a tiny kitten, then the little mite can be fed with a syringe.

But a BEE? How the heck do you hand feed a bee?. Does one person have to hold it down , while another searches for its mouth? Is it perhaps, necessary to get hold of a magnifying glass in order to find its mouth, and if found what do you feed it?.

While I am pondering over what I see to be quite a dilemma. my husband chirps up......"No, you silly thing....... Hand feeding a bee isn't to be taken literally, the way you are thinking.

The beekeeper will put a slab of sugar fondant or similar into the hive and they will all gather around and be well fed.

Filling their tiny tummies in this way, he protects his honey bees from starvation until the weather improves . Then they will be buzzing around pollinating till their heart´s content.

Well that´s me told. I ´m so glad there´s a logical answer. "If all the bees died, then soon after, so would we".... is an expression that over a period of time would be true.

Without the bee pollination of so many crops, our own food would become scarce.

Goodness knows how many farmers of all sorts of crops have suffered this year due to persistent rain. No doubt this causes price rises in the food we buy.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is Snow. That will at least make a change from the rain, I suppose, and the nice beekeeper will have to continue hand feeding his bees until the Spring.


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  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    5 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi Epi...... I feel a massive bear--hug travelling the miles from Canada to my sitting room.

    Thank you so much.

    Hugs right back at you.

  • epigramman profile image


    5 years ago

    You are as poetic as Mother Nature herself my dear friend to bring a story like this to our attention and it's in your beautiful heart that you cherish all creatures great and small. Thank you for kindness and your perception and most of all your appreciation and concern for the gift we know daily as the miracle of nature in our own environment and beyond.

    As always , sending you warm wishes and big Canadian hugs from Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time ontario canada 1:22pm

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    5 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks for such a lovely, friendly comment.

    I´m glad you liked the hub.

  • Peanutritious profile image

    Tara Carbery 

    5 years ago from Cheshire, UK

    Hi Dim, great hub! We really have had attrocious weather this year haven't we. Watching the news is heartbreaking seeing people suffering and losing their possessions. Where I am, on the edge of Derbyshire, we're protected by the pennines from flooding. It's pouring down outside as I write this though and hardly seems to have stopped! We often forget to think about our wild life and how the terrible weather affects them. Thanks for sharing this information. Voted up and shared. Tara


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