Today I found this little lady…
She didn’t look so well
She was unable to fly
I first noticed her climbing up an Aquilegia and attempting to fly
Only to promptly fall to the ground
I carried on doing my gardening
And our paths crossed again, I took her to a different Aquilegia
And carefully directed her into a flower head, in case she needed nectar
A smaller, Bumble going about her business as usual
Buzzing away gathering food.
It got late, and eventually she took a liking to my glove and wouldn’t get off
So I let her rest, I don’t think she’ll make it through the night.
I wonder what was wrong, there were no obvious signs of injury or parasites. She is a huge lady, much larger than the healthy Bumble… At least twice the size, is it possible she is a queen attempting to find a nest site to start a colony??