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I noticed a bumblebee in the house, seemingly exhausted - I had to gently nudge them to even realise they were still alive. Carefully, I picked them up on a piece of paper, and left a few drops of sugar syrup for them.

A few minutes later, I went back to check up on them, and found it being hungrily slurped down.

They've had their fill, it seems - now, they're wandering around the sill in the bathroom, occasionally buzzing briefly, as if warming up.

[Photo of bumblebee feeding, behind cut, in case insects squick anyone]

ETA: having checked up on them periodically, I now see they've apparently made it outside. ^_^ Which means they were well enough to fly upward about two feet to the window opening. Still, I'm left wondering why they might've been in such a seemingly poor condition originally. In any event, I'm happy there's a bit more pollenation going on in the world. ^_^

ETA2: nope, they were caught in between the bottles of bubble bath - I thought I heard some energetic buzzing, and eventually found them. They did seem to have energy again, though, with a lot of hovering-level flight, so I lifted the bottle they'd semi-attached to, and hoisted it to the window. Sure enough, they went buzzing off loudly into the big wide world.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aww, so nice of you to offer them refreshment. :)I'm sure they appreciated it!

Edited at 2014-05-27 03:19 pm (UTC)
It was quite a transformation. ^_^ Certainly took in quite a bit of the syrup - caramel flavor syrup meant for espresso drinks, actually, but I'm hoping the flavoring and coloring won't be any problem. Toward the end, they were happily maintaining a good, healthy hovering buzz, compared to barely walking around at the start.

And getting some reasonable shots out of it doesn't hurt, either. ^_^ Wound up taking another few, this time with the 120-300mm f/2.8 and a 12mm extender - still not really a macro lens, but a bit larger magnification than the 30mm f/1.4 can manage.