Thursday, 9 May 2019

'Bee saviour' sugar cards could save starving insects

Inventor crowdfunds to produce reviver sachets after prototype success
Wed 24 Apr 2019 16.42 BSTLast modified on Wed 24 Apr 2019 19.15 BST
If you’ve ever felt a pang of pity for a starving bee struggling on the pavement in front of you, then help may soon be at hand. Or more precisely, in your wallet.
A community development worker has invented a credit card-style reviver for bees containing three sachets of sugar solution, which can be placed beside the insect to feed it.
Dan Harris, 40, is now crowdfunding to produce the “Bee Saviour” cardsafter the success of his prototype, with community groups and businesses in his local city of Norwich, including the Book Hive bookshop and a local pub, pledging to stock the £4 bee revivers.
Each card contains three indentations containing a beekeepers’ formula, secured by foil-backed stickers which can be peeled off.
“The first time you peel back the sticker and put the card down next to the bee, you think, what’s going to happen? When I first tested it, the bee walked calmly onto the card and started feeding,” Harris said.
“It struck me that everyone who walks around a city will have walked past an exhausted bee. That means you’ve also walked past an opportunity to connect with nature.”
Harris came up with the idea after learning about bees’ fast metabolism and how quickly they can run out of energy. He also wondered how people living in cities could engage with nature more frequently.

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