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Hello guys! yesterday I found a bee on its back in my driveway. Its legs arent working well, i believe two can only grasp things and only sort of.Its abdomen is constantly pointed inwards as if like a human was looking down. (if that makes sense?) I'm thinking because my fiance was doing brakes near by that he possibly hurt it on accident :( if not its just old age im pretty sure. I've given it fresh dandelions and some honey water. Its perked up a lot and maybe im crazy but i think its appreciating the help. I've been holding it witha stick and dandelion though I'm really confident i could hold it bare handed and be fine. Its a female carpenter bee from the research I've done. Anyone ever do something like this for a bee before? With how its acting im assuming im doing it right but would really like to hear from someone who is knowledgeable about bees! I know they don't live long, I just cant stand the idea of some ant finding it and alerting the colony and the poot thing gets eaten alive :( theres been a couple ants in her flowers, and she tried to get away from them when they came up to her :/
 

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It's sad, but that's the circle of life. They certainly don't live long so it's likely at the end of it's term.

However, how sweet are you to take care of it during it's final hours? If it flies off wish it farewell, otherwise it likely won't last long.

We as mostly honey bee keepers deal with that reality on a daily basis. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't see and old tired worker, no longer able to do her job, in her final hours somewhere in the yard.
 

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She definitely won't fly away. I've kept her container lidless this entire time and those wings haven't so much as flutter. Maybe my mom is wrong but she told me they could unalive themselves if they're really unhappy so that's why i'm accommodating for it. plus it doesn't hurt and is a little fun to watch :) I'm curious to see how long it lasts! she seems to be doing better, and doesnt really show signs of age, so im thinking maybe she did get hurt by my fiance :/
 

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I want to soooooo badly however my fiance is terrified!! One day when I have a nice yard I'll beg him to let me XD has anyone bothered to track how long it takes an old bee to die? its still alive....doing better so im thinking injury is more the problem but if not i want to keep track for possible future reference/i just like to know things.
 

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I think we certainly have a future beekeeper here!

I just have one question: What have you named her?
 

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I want to soooooo badly however my fiance is terrified!! One day when I have a nice yard I'll beg him to let me XD has anyone bothered to track how long it takes an old bee to die? its still alive....doing better so im thinking injury is more the problem but if not i want to keep track for possible future reference/i just like to know things.
Bee ages are typically matter of weeks. Yours is likely an elder. You're providing hospice at this point.
 

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jimbo- thats what i figured aside from the fact that her wings are in immaculent shape. I do believe last night she was having siezures though :(
mrnmyke, I'm not 100% settled but i believe hun..... its short for honey(i know she doesnt make honey the irony,huh?) and she its just the pet name i keep using for her.
 

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FYI, that did make my GF cry who happened to walk in when I opened it.

I may or may not have made fun of her for it.
 

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What I can say is that woman has a good heart, she is lovely.
 

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I love this video! I still unfortnutaly dont feel comforable to pick her up but ive gotten to where ill tip her back over! shes super super slow today, its coming soon.
 

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You can hold her. Bees aren't out to "get you" as so many think.

Wasps on the other hand - I'm certain are why so many people are scared of bees. Wasps are NOT bees and can sting multiple times without injury. And often sting without much reason.

Maybe if you can show your fiancé that you can hold a bee, he'll lighted up to the idea of getting a hive ;)

I'm starting the "Get SleepQueen a hive foundation"
 

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I love this video! I still unfortnutaly dont feel comforable to pick her up but ive gotten to where ill tip her back over! shes super super slow today, its coming soon.
You'll regret not holding her before her last dying breath, and will forever live with the mental burden of not doing such.
 

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I've done my research and know im not really in danger of any kind trying. I'm aware its life or death when they sting(least most of them im not THAT smart) however sometimes she seems to be defensive so I'm just worried maybe she might get confused if i hold her/touch her.If i do, Ill come with photos. it seems to only be when shes on her back shes defensive...which i cant blame... so maybe ill grab some gloves and grow some balls tomorrow. At this point, I'm done expecting her to be dead...she keeps surprising me. I know its coming but im just gonna let myself be (not really) surprised by it rather than constantly waiting for it.
 

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When I was very young, there was a sudden thunderstorm. After the storm, I found a wet, bedraggled bumblebee. I felt very sorry for it, and picked it up to try and do some thing for it. It stung the crap out of me and I stomped its sorry butt.

True story.
 
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