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Woman Forms Incredible Bond With Bee Who Needed A Friend

Fiona Presly made an odd relationship last year that she will never forget.

Presly was gardening outside her home in Scotland at the start of spring when she saw a queen bumblebee at her feet, who appeared pretty chilly and bewildered. She leaned down to set the bee on a flower, afraid the small bug might be trampled on — not realizing at the time that this queen was not like the others.

“I scooped her up and saw something odd,” Presly told The Dodo. “She didn’t have any wings.”

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Presly, unsure of how else to assist, handed the bee some sugar water and placed her on some flowering heather, thinking she could cope on her own. However, when she returned to the location a few hours later, she noticed that the bee had not moved.

To make matters worse, a major storm was about to break out, so Presly went one step further.

“I brought her inside that night, kept her warm, and fed her some more,” she explained. “I planned to send her out the next day, but the weather was very poor. As a result, I kept her inside.”

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Presly sought assistance from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and discovered that the bee was likely infected with a virus known to cause issues with wing growth. Without the capacity to fly, the queen’s chances of survival in the wild were limited.

Presly decided to give the bee a chance to survive because she was generally healthy. That means coming up with new ideas.

“I created her a garden,” Presly explained.

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Presly prepared a little floral banquet for the bee, now properly dubbed Bee, because she would have to wander from blossom to flower to dine. She made a netting enclosure full of blooms where her flying counterparts couldn’t reach to deplete the pollen.

Bee was now in a nice mood.

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Presly continued to check on Bee on a daily basis, offering her little cups of sugar water if she appeared tired and transporting her indoors if the weather became bad.

Presly had no idea that a wonderful friendship would soon grow between her and the fuzzy insect she had saved.

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When Presly came by the walled garden, something unexpected began to happen: Bee would eagerly emerge from the greenery to welcome her.

“She’d come up to me and crawl on my hand,” Presly explained. “She appeared overjoyed to see me. It made me pause and reflect: there’s something going on here.”

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Presly couldn’t figure out why Bee appeared to like communicating with her so much. When Presly was there to hold her, she appeared to light up.

“It was as though her entire being came to life. I believe she appreciated the fact that she wasn’t alone “Presly stated. “I believe she thrived on companionship, even if it was from another species. They are naturally sociable creatures. That would be their natural tendency.”

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Presly was fascinated with Bee, who seemed to see her as a true friend.

“We were pretty at ease with each other,” she explained. “There were some strange things going on with this bee.”

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Presly’s relatives and acquaintances could see that she and Bee were inseparable.

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A queen bumblebee would normally spend the spring and summer constructing a nest, mating, and founding a colony before dying as fall approached.

Bee had outlived them all while under Presly’s care. But her time came to an end.

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Bee fell asleep in Presly’s palm five months after being rescued and never awoke.

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“I was saddened when she passed away, but I knew it was inevitable. She was already a few years older than she should have been “According to Presley. “Staying with a little creature like Bee had been a unique experience. The fact that she lived for more than a few weeks astounded me. That was satisfying in and of itself.”

Presly then buried Bee’s remains in her garden, alongside a favorite flower.

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Presly’s encounter with Bee, and the extraordinary link they made, was unexpected — but it has opened her eyes to the possibility that the world contains more sentiments than most people understand.

“All insects now appear to me in a new light. It’s altered my opinion of what insects are like “She stated. “I believe there’s a lot we don’t know.”

Though Presly acknowledges she has no idea what Bee felt in her small heart, she feels there is something to be learned from their time together. As a result, she shared her story with Lars Chittka, professor of sensory and behavioral ecology at Queen Mary University of London.

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In a related article, Chittka concedes that Bee’s example may improve our view of species like her in general:

“Sometimes it takes the thorough observations of an outsider, such as Mrs. Presly’s, to develop new perspectives and suggest crucial issues.”

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