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What to do if you see mites on a bee ?

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I don't have bees but do have lots of plants they like.

A couple of days ago I saw a huge bumble bee just dangling on the edge of a spider web. I managed to get him free before the spider got to him and admired him on a stick but he had some mites on him.

 

Killing it seems such a shame but would stop the bee sharing the mites with other bees in the hive.

 

What do I do next time I see a bee like that ?

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Luvachicken,

Most mites you see on a bumblebee are harmless. The only time they might pose a threat is if there are so many clinging on the bee can't fly. In this case you can brush them off with a pointed artist brush or cotton bud.

Normally they feed on nest detritus and are just hitching a ride.

At this time of year the bee you saw would be an overwintering queen tempted out in the warm sunshine. There is no nest, she has been hibernating in a crack in a wall or some such.

So, next time do nothing unless your bee is chilled when you can offer it some moistened sugar (NOT HONEY)

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Thanks Old Speckled Hen :D

I'll stick to rescuing them out of spider webs and wishing them a safe journey and finding some more bee friendly plants.

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