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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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I wonder.. ? Still, can but offer assistance - if the colony's doomed, I'm only out a few drops of syrup, but if not, it's been worthwhile. ^_^

A fascinating summary, too - thanks for that. For all the discussion of late of the causes thereof, I'm not sure I've seen any such synopsis of what actually happens when things go so devastatingly awry. (Yet, for all the consequences the loss of wild bees would have, even just in economic terms, let alone in any broader sense, we still see the manufacturers of these pesticides battling to dismantle even the mild reforms the EU's imposing, just as with the entrenched interests of oil & gas funding climate change denialism)
This summary was brought to you by a candle-maker who regularly attends apiary conferences. The beekeeper association he belongs to has known this link to neonicotinoids for over a decade but they have been silenced by the corporations that benefit from it.

Sadly, something like my summary is VERY hard to find online, any time the CCD page on Wikipedia is edited to talk about it there is no 'evidence' from third party sites to corroborate it, which makes it infuriating to actually try to tell the internet the truth in this regard.

I was so upset when Dr Who even commented that he didn't know where the bees were going and I was yelling at the screen telling him to hang out with people at apiary conventions.