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Posital
641530.  Sat Nov 28, 2009 3:43 pm Reply with quote

Apparently it's fairly easy to tell the difference between a bee and a wasp: bees float and wasps sink.

(Climbs back up the apples and pears.)

 
alanglover
642436.  Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:59 pm Reply with quote

It seems the team on the "Gardens" episode were not aware that when you find a bee staggering around the lawn unable to fly it is generally because it is infested with mites. If you get a glass of warm water and scoop up the bee and drop it in, and push it under, the mites abandon ship. The bee doesn't like it much, but survives, and once it has dried off it will be able to fly away again. When I tried it there were clouds of mites in the water - must have been approaching a hundred of them.

So next time you see one you will have the joy of saving a staggering bee.

 
dr.bob
642473.  Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:40 am Reply with quote

Excellent advice! I can't wait for next summer to come 'round so I can practise dunking bees :)

 
Jenny
642557.  Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:06 am Reply with quote

How do you get the bee out of the water without the mites sticking to it again?

 
alanglover
642605.  Wed Dec 02, 2009 12:29 pm Reply with quote

I just chucked the entire contents of the glass across the lawn - water, mites and bee all at once!

 
alanglover
642629.  Wed Dec 02, 2009 12:47 pm Reply with quote

I suppose you could extract the bee using one of those individual cup tea infusers - like this:

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/stashtea_2080_166892126


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Posital
642658.  Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:55 pm Reply with quote

alanglover wrote:
I just chucked the entire contents of the glass across the lawn - water, mites and bee all at once!
This is the most edifying thing I've heard all year.

A thousand thank yous.

 
gruff5
642679.  Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:13 pm Reply with quote

I'm looking forward to bee-dunking, also. It might be an exciting new business opportunity - selling "staggering bees" from roadside stalls.

 
bemahan
642680.  Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:14 pm Reply with quote

I pity all these bees next summer. The slightest stagger and QI forummers all over the country will be nabbing them and dunking them in the paddling pool.

 
Sadurian Mike
642689.  Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:34 pm Reply with quote

Apart from the nasty ones who'll be heating up the honey.

 
bemahan
642691.  Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:38 pm Reply with quote

Sadurian Mike wrote:
Apart from the nasty ones who'll be heating up the honey.

Who would those be then, mike? ;)

 
alanglover
642982.  Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:38 pm Reply with quote

Well Posital you can't be too careful with these bees, they might not realise you are trying to help them and take umbridge about the dunking. They can sting you know.

 
gruff5
643103.  Fri Dec 04, 2009 5:15 am Reply with quote

I'm developing a bee-sized snorkel and mask to also sell on my stall.

 
bemahan
853113.  Thu Oct 06, 2011 3:00 am Reply with quote

Whilst in a traffic jam this morning, a wasp landed on my windscreen holding a bluebottle. It wrestled with it for a while then, once it had a firmer grip, it flew off again. I know they eat flies but I'd never seen it happen and didn't realise they picked them up and flew with them.

 
gruff5
853211.  Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:24 am Reply with quote

Because of their lifestyle, one might assume that bluebottles et al were less "intelligent" than wasps and especially bees. But its the bluebottles that seem to have the most nous when it come to finding their way past glass windows & conservatory doors.

 

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