Honey Bee rescued in Portugal

Subject: A Fair Trade Bee Story — Part 1
Location: Porto, Portugal
May 11, 2013 3:06 am
This is very fitting story (as you’ll see from the pics) since today is World Fair Trade Day:
Last weekend I was woken up by a captive buzzing up against the window. Not a fly but a honey bee! Obviously the poor thing had been inside all night which is a very long time to be away from the hive.
This would not do, so I found a glass and a card to capture her to assist in locating a now open window, but when I returned I could not find her. I thought she must have flown to another window so I looked for her elsewhere, but not to be seen (I did however find a spider who I took pics of in the meantime, coming soon maybe). Upon returning to my room though I spotted her, exhausted on the sill. She had nothing left in her and I was distressed feeling it was somehow my fault for not being more proactive.
What to do, oh what to do?
To be continued…
Signature: Curious Girl

Honey Bee
Honey Bee trapped indoors

Subject: A Fair Trade Bee Story — Part 2
Location: Porto, Portugal
May 11, 2013 3:12 am
As we left the story in the last chapter, the bee was not fit for flying. How could she ever get back to her sisters?
Then I remembered I had bought some amazing local raw honey when I first arrived. I dipped my momentarily handy citrus zester in and waved it under her nose. Showing instant interest, she tucked in to it and soon had perked up quite a bit. It was really adorable to see her excitement and rejuvenation (and her cute pink tongue).
Do notice the Postcard she is resting and snacking on. 🙂
Within about 10 minutes, off she flew. 🙂
Signature: Curious Girl

Honey Bee
Honey Bee on Fair Trade Postcard with Zester

Dear Curious Girl,
Thanks so much for sending us your Fair Trade Bee Story.  You are being tagged with the Bug Humanitarian Award for your kind treatment of this Honey Bee.  That is our favorite style of zester.

Honey Bee
Honey Bee eats raw honey

Apologies for the delay in answering. Had to travel (new pics coming soon) and filed your email away for answering when I had time then could not remember what i had done with it.
Anyway, I am honored to get the Bug Humanitarian award. Many thanks!
I wasn’t looking for medals but just trying to help another being out and that felt good in itself. It’s not always a happily ever after ending.
And yeah, the zester is fabulous. No lemon gets away without being zested first as the zest is great in salads and in tea. I’m not a big fan of gadgets but I find this one so worthy I even travel with it. 🙂
Glad you found value in the story! 🙂 🙂

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