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Feed the bees

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19th Jul 2018

Recently a bee was saved from drowning in the horses’ water buckets. It was fished out and laid on a fence post to recover. However, after knowing that bees are struggling recently, we decided to help it along by giving it some sugar water. The sugar water should be in the correct ratio of 2 sugar to 1 water (so two teaspoons of sugar to one teaspoon of water) as too much sugar can damage the bee.

Take a look at the clip of the bee when it decided to drink the sugar water. If you look carefully you can see the bee’s long soft pointy tongue called a proboscis dipping into the sugar liquid. Later on the bee does a little dance and shoots some liquid out of the back of its abdomen! Unfortunately that bit was not captured on camera. Year 5 may well choose to study the lifecycle of the bee and then help provide an area in the school grounds to support the bee population.

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