The adult male is a large, grey-backed, white-breasted duck with a reddish-chestnut head and black neck and chest. It resembles the larger male Canvasback. The adult female is a large, brown-backed, white-breasted duck with a brown head, whitish chin, abrupt forehead, short, broad bill, and pearl-grey wing patches. Female Redheads, although larger, may be confused with female Ring-necked Ducks and scaups. In autumn young Redheads resemble adult females, although their breast plumage is dull grey-brown, rather than white. During November and December, the young begin to develop the adult plumage, which has almost completely grown in by February.
The genus Aythya, to which the Redhead belongs, includes 12 species, all of which are well adapted to diving. The body is rounded and thick with large feet, legs set back on the body, and a broad bill. Body shapes vary from the big, long-necked, long-billed Canvasback to the short-billed scaup. Of the species of woodpeckers worldwide, 13 are found in Canada. The smallest and perhaps most familiar species in Canada is the Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens. It is also the most common woodpecker in eastern North America. This woodpecker is black and white with a broad white stripe down the back from the shoulders to the rump.
The crown of the head is black; the cheeks and neck are adorned with black and white lines. Male and female Downy Woodpeckers are about the same size, weighing from 21 to 28 g. The male has a small scarlet patch, like a red pompom, at the back of the crown. The Downy Woodpecker looks much like the larger Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus , but there are some differences between them. The Downy is about 6 cm smaller than the Hairy, measuring only 15 to 18 cm from the tip of its bill to the tip of its tail.
Woodpeckers are a family of birds sharing several characteristics that separate them from other avian families. Most of the special features of their anatomy are associated with the ability to dig holes in wood. The straight, chisel-shaped bill is formed of strong bone overlaid with a hard covering and is quite broad at the nostrils in order to spread the force of pecking. A covering of feathers over the nostrils keeps out pieces of wood and wood powder. The pelvic bones are wide, allowing for attachment of muscles strong enough to move and hold the tail, which is important for climbing.
Another special anatomical trait of woodpeckers is the long, barbed tongue that searches crevices and cracks for food. The salivary glands produce a sticky, glue-like substance that coats the tongue and, along with the barbs, makes the tongue an efficient device for capturing insects. Signs and sounds. As early as February or March a Downy Woodpecker pair indicate that they are occupying their nesting site by flying around it and by drumming short, fast tattoos with their bills on dry twigs or other resonant objects scattered about the territory.
The drumming serves as a means of communication between the members of the pair as well. Downys also have a variety of calls. They utter a tick, tchick, tcherrick , and both the male and the female add a sharp whinnying call during the nesting season. Hatchlings give a low, rhythmic pip note, which seems to indicate contentment. When a parent enters the nest cavity, the nestlings utter a rasping begging call, which becomes stronger and longer as the chicks mature. Adult coho salmon have silvery sides and metallic blue backs with irregular black spots.
Spawning males have bright red sides, and bright green backs and heads, with darker colouration on their bellies. The fish have hooked jaws and sharp teeth. Young coho salmon are aggressive, territorial and often vibrantly coloured, with a large orange anal fin edged in black and white. The Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus , formerly known as the Whistling Swan, is a large bird with white plumage and black legs, feet, and beak. However, when it is feeding in iron-rich areas, the feathers on its head and neck may take on a reddish tinge. The male weighs on average 7.
The adult female is about the same size as the male but weighs slightly less, about 6. The young of the year are smaller than the adults and have grey plumage, pinkish beaks with black tips, and pink legs and feet. It takes at least two years for adult plumage to grow in.
There are seven species of swans in the world. One non-native species, the Mute Swan, is found in North America,. People brought Mute Swans from Europe and Asia for ornamental display in parks and zoos, and now this species is found in the wild in certain parts of the continent. The Tundra Swan is the most common of the three species of swan found in Canada. Although Trumpeter Swans are slightly larger than Tundra Swans, it is very difficult to tell the two species apart.
At close range, a small yellow mark at the base of the bill, close to the eye, can be seen on the Tundra Swan. There is no such mark on the Trumpeter Swan. Signs and sounds Although very similar in appearance, the Trumpeter Swan and the Tundra Swan have quite different voices. The Trumpeter Swan has a deep, resonant, brassy, trumpet-like voice; the voice of the Tundra Swan is softer and more melodious. The call is pitched lower than a whistle and more closely resembles a blowing or tearing sound. When thousands of birds are concentrated at a migratory staging point, the level of sound is very high, particularly at night when much of the social activity takes place.
Adult Trumpeter Swans Cygnus buccinator are large birds with white feathers and black legs and feet. The feathers of the head and the upper part of the neck often become stained orange as a result of feeding in areas rich in iron salts. The male swan, or cob, weighs an average of 12 kg.
The female, or pen, is slightly smaller, averaging 10 kg. Wings may span 3 m. Young of the year, or cygnets, can be distinguished from adults by their grey plumage, their yellowish legs and feet, and until their second summer of life, their smaller size.
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The shape and colour of the bill help in identifying the Trumpeter and Tundra swans in the field. Trumpeters have all black bills; Tundra Swans, formerly called Whistling Swans, have more sloping bills, usually with a small yellow patch in front of the eye. If this patch is missing, it is quite difficult to distinguish between the two birds unless the voice is heard.
At close range, an observer should look for a salmon-red line on the lower bill. A third type of swan, the Eurasian Mute Swan, is often seen in Canadian parks and zoos. The Mute is all white with a black knob on a reddish-orange and black bill. The Trumpeter Swan is the largest of the three species. Of the 19 species of raptors, or birds of prey, in Canada, three are Accipiters. Accipiters are small to medium-sized hawks of swift flight that occur around the world. Accipiters can be distinguished from other types of hawks by their flight silhouettes see sketch.
Like the buteos e. In contrast, the wings of another group of hawks, the falcons, such as the Kestrel or Sparrow Hawk Falco sparverius , are pointed. All accipiters generally have similar colouring, small heads, long tails, and short rounded wings. The female of each species grows larger than the male. They range in size from the small male Sharp-shinned Hawk, which is smaller than a gull, to the large female Northern Goshawk, which at 55 to 66 cm is larger than a crow. Everyone who has visited the coast is familiar with gulls, those graceful, long-winged birds that throng the beaches and harbours and boldly beg for scraps.
The gulls are a family of birds that live mainly at sea, either along the shore, or out in the ocean itself. Worldwide, there are more than species of birds that live either partially or exclusively at sea, and these are generally known as "seabirds. The table below lists the 14 families of marine birds and the approximate number of species in each the exact number of species is continually being revised as genetic research reveals that some very similar-looking birds are so different in their genetic makeup that they constitute different species.
All species belonging to the albatross, auk, frigatebird, gannet, penguin, petrel, and storm-petrel families feed exclusively at sea. In addition, many species of cormorants, grebes, gulls, jaegers, loons, pelicans and terns feed either entirely or mainly at sea. The Phalaropes are the only shorebirds that feed at sea. The number of species that breed in Canada are shown in parentheses. Ducks and grebes that feed at sea are not included. Skip to main content. Photo: Alexis Hayes. At a Glance There are roughly bee species in Canada.
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Have u any suggestion as I do not what it to fret or do u think it will go to sleep under its cover. In the end, I try to leave it up to the bee, but it also depends on how bad the weather is. It has no idea being indoors of how bad the weather still is outdoors.
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And it certainly sounds as though it needed a safe haven when you found it. So if it is looking almost ready to go, and starting to fly around, you can move your bee in its enclosure to a cooler area, and the cool will naturally slow the bee down. Then you can warm up your bee and offer more sugar water again the next morning. If the weather were to continue to be unfavorable, you could keep your bee for a few days, warming it slightly each day and offering small amounts of sugar water during the day, then putting it somewhere cool each night.
I realize this is a bee topic, but I can't find any info online and need help. I found a wasp in my house and went to go capture it and put it outside, when I noticed it was injured. It is trying to crawl, but keeps falling on it's back. In desperately trying to do anything I can to help him. And yes, I realize most ppl will think I'm crazy, but I am one of those ppl who believes that all living things matter alot. Is there anything you can think of that I can do to help or is he probably not going to make it?
It depends on the extent of the injury, honestly. Exoskeletons can heal, but only very small wounds and wings never heal, though they can sustain a fair bit of damage before being useless for flying. Wasps are still good pollinators too though! We have a honey bee in our garden. It wasn't able to fly yesterday, but was walking, albeit looking weak. We gave a bit of sugar water, but unfortunately the bee fell in it I think maybe my young daughter was trying to help. Its still here today, I've given it some more sugar water, which it was drinking at for a long time - but it got some on its legs.
Its back sitting in a. I hope that by the time you receive this, your bee has buzzed off! We have a tired bee, looks like a small bumble bee maybe, and its tongue is bent backwards under itself. Is this normal? Do you mean the tongue is folded beneath the bee along the length of its body? Is it late in the day where you are? I have a big bumble bee in my garden for 2 days now yesterday she feed from some flowers I pick and some sugar water this has worked in the past but today she doesn't want to feed and is just walk around on the ground although very quickly shall I just leave her or can I do any thing else.
A very large bumble bee might well be a queen bumble bee, and if so, it would be normal behavior for her to be walking around on the ground… they nest underground, and they like to search for abandoned mouse burrows to begin new bumble bee colonies. I have a bee on my house walk was there this morning and still there tonight!
What do I do? Obviously strong enough to cling to wall! It is surprising that it was there all day long, so if your bee is still there in the morning, it might be good to move it to some flowers ideally ones with other similar bees in full sunlight. If it appears to be unusually sluggish, you might first in the morning gently encourage it onto something like a leaf with a few drops of sugar water right below its head not too much that it might fall in and get sticky! I love fluffy bumblebees. One was on the ground.
Sluggish, not moving away from danger. I scooped him up with paper and placed him on a flowering bush. He buzzed his wings and moved to a spot he preferred. I watched him for an hour not moving. He wiggled his butt. I read this article. Thought I should put him in a shoe box inside with sugar water. He was not amused. Trying to climb out.
Falling in the water. Now all wet , desperate to get out. So now I felt horrible. I bring him outside and let him crawl on me for a bit. Then encourage him on the ground where I put a lid of sugar water. Back to me. And then I put him back on bush. I am sorry to hear of your experience. Is your bee back on the bush now? I would simply leave your bee to itself if it is outdoors on a bush.
Which is why I suggest simply placing a few drops below their head, so that there is no risk of falling into any of it. It is also important to pay attention to their behavior… a sluggish bee caught out late at night, especially in bad weather, will be thankful of shelter within a shoebox or similar, but if a bee is buzzing about, then there is no need to offer them a place to stay. I found a bee on my floor last night, around 7pm. Not sure how long she was there for. I've had several bees visiting my flat the last 3 weeks, probably due to my neighbour who keeps the most amazing garden downstairs and also, there's a big blossoming tree nearby that's attracting a lot of bees.
Anyway, back to the bee: I picked her up and put her on my kitchen counter, she was barely moving, and acting very weird, her legs were twitchy, and it looked like she was barely supporting her body. She actually fell on her back, all of a sudden, several times I was watching her. I offered her sugary water, and fresh flowers from the garden but I didn't get much answer from her. I tried to warm her up by slowly blowing warm air on her, that seemed to help a little, because she started trying to move.
It was raining outside the whole night and around 10 degrees , so I decided to keep her indoor, especially since she doesn't seem to be able to move walk or fly. I left her on a dish with fresh flowers and sugar water and I slept like hell for 5 hours. I swear I could hear buzzing around my head and woke up several times thinking it's the bee feeling better and trying to find a way out.
It wasn't. She's barely moving at all now, she's trying to move one of her back legs very very slowly. She's shrivelled up and I think her tongue is out, and I think she's dying :. It's heartbreaking to watch her suffer like this. Is there anything I can do to help this poor soul? I've never seen a bee act this way and it looks like she's slowly fading out : I have heard that pesticides attack a bee's nervous system and maybe the weird twitching and falling on her back was because of that?
I wish there was more I could suggest for you to do, even simply to ease her suffering. Twitching as you describe is, sadly, a likely result of acute pesticide poisoning. There are other issues that affect bees, including internal parasites, but I am not aware that any parasites or bee diseases cause the twitching that is so characteristic of poisoning. All I can say is that the end is certainly near for her now if her tongue is extended and she has started curling up. I do find it heartbreaking, and I sympathize with you so much.
Scientific research is showing how bees are capable of various types of learning, including passing information on between generations depending on the type of bee, and also including at least primitive emotions. Honestly I believe each bee is an individual capable of thought and emotions of their own, and so it is especially hard to see them suffer so without being able to help further.
It is so important that we eliminate pesticide use, but it seems so difficult to do, as existing food systems have come to depend on agrochemicals. I have found a bumble be on the ground this morning and it couldn't seem to fly I think it's hurt it's wings so I placed it on my lavender plant when I went out but I have just come back and it was still there so have brought it in as it was starting to rain.
It's now on my window sill in a box with some flowers and sugar water. I'm not sure what to do as it can't seem to fly. Could you reply to my email with a photo of your bee, showing her wings if possible? What kind of day was it today, overcast and cooler? Still, even if it had been a cold day, she should have been able to get some energy from the lavender and fly home.
Was the lavender plant in the sun or the shade? On cold, wet days in spring I have seen bumble bees unable to fly for a few days, instead spending their nights inside closed flowers. They take awhile to warm up often hours , so you might want to take her out mid-morning tomorrow, and try some drops of sugar-water below her head. Or since the flowers are out, you could try placing her on a flower bees love, in direct sunlight. Hi, I have a queen bee that visited my back patio yesterday and she kept following me around and trying to get under a bag of potting soil I moved the bag and then her Today she is back with three small bumble bees on her back she is not moving and will not drink its going to get cold and windy soon They often nest in abandoned mouse burrows in the ground, or sometimes under sheds and in compost heaps.
Most are ground-nesting, although some like tree bumble bees are not, but it sounds as though yours is very interested in locating a new nest underground. One option is for you to place her and her young in a shoebox temporarily while you sort out a new place for them to live.
Would you mind replying with a photo? Also, where are you located? It would be helpful to know what type of bumble bee you have there! Hi, I just saved a Carpenter Bee from my pool and dont know what to do since the sun isnt out anymore. Its only pm for me so Im hoping the clouds go away. I tried offering sugar water and I believe that the bee took a little of it but now they are resting on my table cloth.
Nevermind about the wings, I believe they are just a little ragged from age. I am wanting to move the bee to a box but Im a little wary since I cant tell if they are male or female. It is most likely your bee is female at this time of year. You are right that torn wing edges simply indicate age most of the time, so you likely have an older carpenter bee. I am very worried for a little bumblebee that I found on the sidewalk at pm today. I picked it up and brought it home, and we put it in a dish with sugary water, and a couple dandelions. I thank you so much in advance for any help or time you can give me!
It warmed my heart so much to stumble upon this page and see all the good and kind work that you do! I really hope things turn around; I feel like this bee is really fighting to get better please let me know anything you can for how I can help, and what this bee might be going through! Sometimes bees suffer from internal parasites or bee diseases, and twitching may accompany those. Twitching can be a sign of pesticide poisoning too.
Let me know if your bee still seems alright this morning. Other than trying to get some energy into her through the sugar water , and warming her up, there is sadly nothing else I can advise. I cared for a bee recently for whom all I could do was keep her safe from predators the ants were after her until the inevitable it was a honey bee with deformed wing virus. I do hope your bee is not suffering from something more severe.
If she drinks, you should see a very long tongue poke out almost as long as the bee herself. I like bees-one sunny early March morning me and my brother came downstairs and found a huge bumblebee, Mum called her beekeeper friend who said it was a rare species of stuck bumblebee queen. She flew out soon enough.. Yes, bumble bee queens are surprisingly large fuzzy bees, it's always lovely to see them up close :. We have a wonderful bee nest in the eaves of next doors house. The elderly lady was asking me today what kind of bees she had been invaded by?
One has a very small from leg that it seems to be holding up. Is it possible that we have disabled bees. Bumble bee nests disperse in fall, with young queens going off on their own and hibernating underground for winter. Is it a warm day there? Have you tried placing them in direct sunlight, and offering them a few drops of sugar water mix? Just saved a love queen bumble bee. Found her in my shower in water when I got in from work. Picked her up out her in the sun give her some sugar water and put her outside to dry off. Started to get later with the weather going slightly colder so brought her in and put her in my back room in a little box with a bit more sugar water.
She started to buzz started flying and flew straight out the window. Thank you for caring so much about your bumble bees, and I'm so glad you have this information for the future! I found abumble bee yesterday on the pavement and bought it home, been feeding sugar and water solution which it took but not much movement, I really thought it would be dead this morning but it has hung on all day, the tongue has been out and not feeding much, I have bought him inside tonight and given more solution, I don't know what else to do.
I found a bee in the garden yesterday, and gave it sugar water, which it seemed to drink. It was walking round, but wouldn't fly. I left it for a good while, but it didn't look any better, so I put it among flowers. It was struggling, and I didn't know what else to do, and thinking it would probably be dead this morning, which really upset me, the thought that it was suffering. This morning, it was barely alive, so I gave it some more sugar water, which it seemed to drink.
I don['t think it will make it, but I can't kill it. Any more suggestions as to what I can do? Is your bee a big fuzzy bee like a bumble bee , or a thinner striped bee more like a honey bee? Have you seen a long tongue come out and poke into the sugar water their tongue is almost as long as their body? The weather ideally needs to be close to or above 15C 60F , and placing your bee in direct sunlight is ideal. If the weather is cold and wet, you could try warming up your bee indoors in a ventilated box, and offering a bit more sugar water, to see if it becomes more active.
I found a honeybee hanging on for dear life on the window of my car when I left work today. It's chilly and rainy. The bee wasn't moving. She was obviously sluggish from being cold and wet. I stopped at a store and found a bottle to put her in and got her off my car. Now, she is in my house, following your instructions.
I have her in a box with holes, a small dish of sugar water, a small dish of regular water, and a small branch with leaves. The thing is, I live about 20 minutes from my work. I was planning on taking her back there with me tomorrow evening when I got back to work and releasing her there. But I read above that honeybees need to return to their hive each night, which obviously won't be possible. The weather is also supposed to be even worse tomorrow.
I'm not sure if I am doing more damage, since it's a honeybee and not a bumblebee. If you email me, that would be great. Where are you located roughly-speaking, is it evening there already? There are several options here I think. I found a bumblebee in my house last night so I put her outside. She has been buzzing around my yard for a few days. I guess she figured she would like to spend the night inside! She was in the same place this morning so I brought her in after reading your posts.
She is moving around a bit. She hasn't opened her wings. I put sugar water in with her but not sure if she has ate any. It was cool and rainy last night. Should I wait for her to get moving more before I put her out. And where would be the best place to put her? In some dry leaves? In terms of where to put her, anywhere close to where you found her is good, I like to put them near flowers where other bumble bees are foraging.
This afternoon I found a relatively small bee on our bedroom floor. The bee was moving but only just. I picked him up gently and fed him drops of sugar water from a spoon intermittently, whilst sitting in the sunshine for a couple of hours. He has made attempts to walk and does appear more mobile but has made no effort to fly. He is currently resting on the outside hot tub lid, as it is warm ish, as the sun is dipping in the sky.
Other than cleaning himself he has made no further attempts to move for approx 30 minutes. What else can I do to help? My husband thinks he is dying and I am merely prolonging the inevitable. Some individual bees just take more time than others; we have no way of knowing what happened before she ended up on your bedroom floor. Then in the morning you could place her box outside in the warmth and sunlight, and offer her more sugar water to increase her energy levels.
I found a bee 3 days ago getting blown about by the wind on the pavement and it was about to be blown out onto the road. So I picked it up and set it on my windowsill, hoping it just needed to get its energy back. It kept trying to walk off the window sill which I tried to stop because there's a big ant colony at the front of my house and I didn't trust that they wouldn't try to attack the bee. The bee couldn't fly, and still can't. Even after being offered sugarwater and not drinking it and regular water with the same effective.
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Dandelions it loves so have been scouting for them every day. The last two days i've gone to work and i've put the box outside so she could fly away if she needed. Everytime I find her about 30 cm away from the box on the ground. First day she loved all the flowers and went mad for the them, second day was pretty into them. We lost her yesterday and thought she'd buzzed away somewhere. I found her on the floor by the door today. And now she isn't even interested in the flowers.
She can't fly at all, wings buzz and won't lift her off. Don't really know what else to do, cause there aren't many flowers in our back yard and she can't fly to any more Don't know what her wings won't carry her, already put some warm water on them to help if they were sticky. Still have her but she just keeps doing that waving thing Dunno if I scare her now cause when I open the box she automatically moves more and tries to fly but her wings are still not lifting her off.
Do I just put her outside and let her die? Yes, the photos are large enough for me to see her. Radiators can be quite drying too, so one has to be careful leaving them by one. The sun is such a good source of warming them up, but this time of year often makes the weather unpredictable. So, what I would do is keep her in her ventilated box while the weather is cold and rainy. If you want to warm her up first the morning you plan to release her in a warm room, that might help as well. How warm have your days been? Has it been sunny?
Would you mind sending me a photo in response to the email I just sent you? I found a bumble bee last night on the ground looking very cold. Took the wee one inside, and gave it sugar water and popped it in a box to warm up. It seemed to come right before we went to bed - it was climbing up a fabric covered container I had in the box and generally exploring never flying though!
But this morning the bee only moved around for a bit when I offered it sugar water and has since stopped moving. I've noticed as well that the wings were colourless yesterday and much darker, almost black tinted today. I'm worried I've mixed the sugar water wrong Originally I didnt know the ratio and had too much water, then I didnt know not to use boiling water! Is there any chance my bee is just sleeping? How is your bee now?
Are you in New Zealand, by chance? If you still have her, would you mind sending a photograph in reply to the email I've just sent you? Have you had a chance to put her in full sun for a few hours to see if that helps get her moving, along with a bit more sugar water? Hello, thanks for this great website. I found a bumblebee on my lunch break today on the walkway in front of my apartment and moved her into the flowerbed for safety. She buzzed her wings a little. I offered her sugar water as instructed but she simply slowly walked away from it. I believe she is missing one of her left legs.
She seemed even more listless. Eventually I took her inside I'm on Long Island in southern New York, and the weather today was an unseasonably cool F and she's in a box on my dresser right now. I left the top of the box open and put a mesh strainer over her with a shallow tray of sugar water. She climbed up the side of the mesh strainer and has now been hanging upside down there for awhile. I'm assuming there's nothing more I can do for her, but I love animals and want to help her live. FYI Elise, when I came home for lunch our tiny patient was gone.
Thanks very much for your response, Elise! Our wee patient made it through the night and, as you predicted, is still "hanging out. It is supposed to be a bit warmer today, but also windy and rainy later, so what I'm going to do is put her and a sugar water dish out on my terrace under a table. I don't want to put her back in that flowerbed because the grounds of my apartment complex are very "manicured" and I never know when the gardeners are coming. I don't want her to be distressed or killed by them. I'll check on her progress on my lunch break and then again after work, and take her inside again tonight if necessary.
My terrace does get tons of sunlight until the afternoon, so hopefully even with the cloud cover our small friend will warm up! Good morning, I found a bee yesterday which looked listless so I brought it to my drive and offered it sugared water. After reading your page I thought it could be cold. We have had a lot of rain and temperatures as low as 1 or 2 degrees. I put it in a shoe box and after a little while we heard it buzzing. It will move and crawl away from the water into a dry area and just sits there.
Any advice? Sometimes bees decide they want nothing to do with the sugar water offered. Hopefully your temperatures will be warming soon, as C is far too cold for a bee! Do you think it is a bumble bee large and fuzzy , or a honey bee smaller, less fuzzy, and striped , or some other kind of bee? Just make sure to avoid her getting sticky by putting down too much sugar water. I found a bumblebee while out and it was crawling on the ground and not flying.
She kept falling onto her back. I scooped her up and tried to give her plain water and then tried to warm her but she still wouldnt fly. After an hour of seeing if she would fly off, she hadn't, so I brought her to my house about 1. Is it ok to release her from my house or should I bring her back to the place I found her once she is ready to fly again?
She is rather large and fluffy and since it is early spring I believe she may be a queen. Any help is appreciated! Thank you so much! It is early morning right now in my time zone and I kept her in a container over night, I'm going to attempt to release her in a fee hours once it is warmer out! I'm not sure if she is a queen or a worker but I was assuming queen because it is early spring currently and i don't think too many worker bees are out yet!
Your advice is very helpful and I'll update you on if she flies away when i release her! We've suddenly got lots of bees in our bathroom on the window sill. Have no idea how they're getting in or why they are all on the window sill. The problem is they are all have dead and some already dead when we return home and find them. They happily crawl onto a piece of tissue if I hold one next to them and then I put them out of the window.
But they don't fly. They look dizzy. I will try the sugar solution now I've read this website. Do they look smallish with stripes, and not very fluffy, like the honey bees pictured on this page? Or are they very fuzzy, more like bumble bees?
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Have any responded to the sugar water solution? Are they still showing up? Could you reply to the email I sent you with a photo of them? I'm happy to hear you'll be leaving them bee : They'll simply be there for the season, and then come autumn, the new queens that hatch then will disperse to hibernate in the ground individually. I have fed my sleepy bumble bee sugar water and placed her in a shoe box for the night. When the sun comes out tomorrow it will probably be warm enough for her but tomorrow night is supposed to be cold again. Should I keep her until Monday when the nights are supposed to be warming up?
Thank you for your help. Found a slow bee on the ground caught out in the rain when I was walking earlier so I took it home for some warmth and sugar water.
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Its begining to dry off but not interested in the sugar water. After a while I began to notice something small and pale yellow hanging off off the back left side of the abdomen which at first I assumed was pollen but upon closer inspection it has a worm or noodle like appearance. I thought it might be some debris from outside and tried to gently remove it but after feeling resistance I stopped, not wanting to hurt the bee.
I'm a bit worried it's actually part of the bee, does anyone know what this might be? How is your bee behaving otherwise, does it seem alert and active, or is it still sluggish? Unfortunately it turned out to be a wound, which it did not received from. The bee was okay for a while but began to twitch a lot, once the tongue came out for a while I knew it didn't not have long for this world.
Hopefully it passed comfortably in the warm tho. It got really cold yesterday. Poor thing. I only have honey unfortunately but it seems to love that. Hope it gets warmer!! How long he was there but he was just on the floor of my pantry at nine o clock at night. I gave him some. Sugar water and set him in a box with huge openings on both ends. I let him be for a bit and found him ok. His back legs spread out like he was possibly trying to move. Should I wait till morning then set the box outside. I would definitely keep your bee in tonight.
Offer small amounts of sugar water during the day. Wait for better weather, and as soon as it stops raining and the temperature gets closer to 60F or so, place your bee out, ideally in direct sunlight, with the box open. A combination of warmth and sugar water usually works wonders! Keep your bee somewhere cool at night though. Found a chubby fuzzy little dude this morning in the cold.
Thought he was dead but his feet wiggles when I touched him so I scooped him up to bring him inside. One wing is at a weird angle but after some sugar water and warmth he started to move his legs a bit and now he is very gradually shuffling around. That seemed to give him a bit more energy, and hes dragging himself around with a bit more purpose now. Anything I can to do give him a better chance? This may be a case of simply keeping your bee comfortable before the inevitable. Do you see an open wound? Does it appear that you can nudge the wing back into place to match the other side?
I wish I could suggest something further to help. Please help! She moved a bit, and I gave her a bit of sugar water, which she drank. Is she dying, or just weak? What time of day is it where you are? We have the bee in a shoe box for a couple of days now, we let her outside in the sun but she just immediately burrowed in the grass and then crawled around for a few hours, she showed no signs of flying and the weather started to get worse so we felt the need to bring her back inside in the warmth and away from predators. She has a few flowers in her box that we refresh and also sugar water, but she is not showing any signs of wanting to fly away when she has the opportunity to.
It is now bad weather cold and rainy should we continue to keep her inside of set her free in nature? We are just worried she might not make it if we let her go That said, if she was still crawling around visibly and night was getting on with bad weather coming, it makes sense to bring her in so that she can try again on another day, staying safe from predators and with sugar water for food in the meantime. I need help! I found a bumble bee yesterday morning on the ground hardly moving. So I gave it some sugar water and kept checks on it all day. It perked up a little by night time, but still seemed really lethargic so I brung it inside for the night.
This morning the bee has a lot more energy, but keeps trying to fly and ending up on its back. I've helped it outside, but I don't know what else to do?! That's excellent news! She likely just needed a bit more energy to get going How close to 50F will it get before Friday? If you do go to a nursery, ask for good bee plants for your area, and also check with them on the pesticides; organic would certainly be the thing to look for, I would worry otherwise in case her food might be contaminated. I wish you and Pete all the best, keep me posted and feel free to ask if you have any other questions as time goes by!
I see your point about it being far too chilly early in the morning before you leave for work. They get their name because they've evolved with native blueberries, and their bodies have become a perfect fit for bell-shaped blueberry flowers. While they're excellent pollinators for blueberries, they also pollinate other plants. Blueberry bees nest in the ground, especially near blueberry plants once they find them.
Squash bees, like Xenoglossa strenua, pollinate cucurbit plants. These bees resemble the blueberry bee in that they have evolved to become specialists in the pollinating of the family Cucurbita, which includes squash, zucchini, pumpkins and many gourds. They are one of the few bees that fly pre-dawn. Their primary flight times last until mid-morning, and they will fly again near dusk when squash and melon flowers open. If you see a bee nesting in a squash flower, it's almost certainly a male squash bee as they nest and mate in squash flowers.
Females nest in the ground near food sources. Bumblebees also will pollinate squash flowers but tend to linger in the flower while female squash bees do their business and leave. Because the bodies of bumblebees are not designed to pollinate squash flowers, they will have trouble pollinating the flowers, sometimes having to use their legs to balance themselves in the blossom.
The head and thorax of squash bees range in color from black or tan to orange. The thorax is hairy and black with banded abdomen stripes that are black, white or tan. Halictus confusus, a type of sweat bee. This is a large group of small bees, with some only a quarter of the size of a honeybee.
They have come to be known by the common name of "sweat bee" because they are attracted to human perspiration. They are also excellent pollinators and are active into October and even November. Because of their size, they are attracted to small flowers like fall-blooming asters of the Southeast. They range in color from black to metallic blues and greens, with copper and blue overtones. Some have stripes on their abdomens. They can be difficult to see due to their small size and high speed.
There are more than 6, species of hoverflies. Hoverflies, also called flower flies, are a large and important group of pollinators and the most numerous of the pollinating flies. There are more than 6, species, including many that mimic bees for protection. Once you realize the difference between flies and bees and get attuned to looking for hoverflies, you will start to see them everywhere.
One key difference is that bees have four wings and flies have two. Another is that hoverflies and bees have very different eye structures. Flies, for instance, have huge eyes on either side of their head. Hoverflies are especially attracted to flowers with sweet-tasting nectar. Some of these include mountain mint, asters and hyssop.
There are more than , species of wasps, and many resemble bees in appearance. In general, wasps have little hair, bright colors and a very narrow waist the junction between the thorax and abdomen. Most species have black and yellow color patterns. Unlike bees, wasp legs tend to hang down during flight. They are much more aggressive than bees and far more likely to sting. Also, most wasps provide no pollination services. Here are four common types of wasps.
Yellow jackets, like Vespula squamosa, can sting multiple times. Yellow jackets are a carnivorous type of wasp and, in general, you will not see them in vegetable or flower gardens unless there is a nearby nest. These can be dangerous insects for humans because individuals are aggressive, the colony will aggressively defend the nest and because of the structure of their stinger.
Consequently, a yellow jacket can sting multiple times in succession. If you've ever been stung by one, you know the sting is painful, and the pain doesn't go away quickly. Typical yellow jacket workers sometimes can be confused with honeybees. They are about the size of a honeybee, but in contrast to honeybees have yellow or white markings, their bodies are not covered with tan-brown dense hair, and they do not have pollen baskets on their hind legs. They are generalists in the food they seek, often showing up at outdoor meals or picnics, especially if you are grilling hamburgers or hot dogs.
In nature, they are looking for any kind of "meat" they can find. Ants are just one example of the prey they seek. Polistes africanus is a species of paper wasp. Paper wasps get their name from the way their build their nests, which are made from their saliva and plant material and have a papery appearance. Because the nest looks somewhat like an umbrella, they are sometimes called umbrella wasps. They like to build their nests in protected areas of homes such as door frames, windowsills and eaves.
Females are especially active in the fall, and may wander into homes looking for high places such as cathedral ceilings to build a nest.