How to help exhausted bees – the truth behind the sugar water claim

At times you may see bumblebees which appear to be struggling or resting, particularly if that bee is a queen in early spring.

Recent research from Queen Mary University of London showed queen bees spend most of their time resting on the ground between very short dispersal flights.

These bees spend very little time feeding and instead this rest is an important part of the bee life cycle.

If you do find a bee resting, there are a number of steps you can take to assist the bee and ensure its safety in future.