It even climbed on her nose!
Now, whether or not this woman actually had a “friendship” with a bumblebee is a little bit of a stretch, but what she did for the insect is pretty sweet. And bees are much smarter and in tune with the earth than we think, so maybe there was an undeniable connection between human and bumblebee.
Fiona Presly lives in Inverness, a quaint town in the Scottish Highlands. She works there as a library assistant and tends to her lovely garden in her free time. One day she noticed a plump little bumblebee crawling by, but something was wrong. This pretty little queen had no wings. Fiona Presly spends a lot of time in her garden so making this little queen bumblebee a safe haven made sense.
It turns out the bumblebee suffered from a virus that causes issues with wing development. So Presly decided to protect the wee creature from the elements and make a private, contained garden where she could visit and bring it nectar.
Presly named the bumblebee Queen Bee, and went to work.
Fiona and Queen Bee
She made a little bee house to put into the garden, and covered the whole area with a mesh structure. That way, no birds or animals could prey on Queen Bee since she had no defense tactic with the lack of wings.
Presly would visit Queen Bee and the bumblebee actually seemed to recognize her. She would always come out of her little house in her mini garden to greet Presly, and drink some sugar water out of tiny cups. An unlikely friendship was born and visiting Queen Bee became Presly’s new favorite thing to do.
Presly and the helpless animal would pretend to take field trips, as these are places the bee would never see without wings.
The world is losing bumblebees at an alarming rate. So what Fiona Presly did for this single bee is a good example of how we need to treat and respect bumblebees. After all, they’re a huge part of this world’s ecology and we need them.
Visit the Bumblebee Conservation Trust for more info.
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