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Bees Are Dying — And You Can Help Them By Putting Out a Spoonful of Sugar Water

Perhaps you’ve heard recently that bees are dying at an alarming rate. Though people might initially think this is a good thing (less stings, after all), they should realize that these black-and-yellow bugs are actually a vital part of many ecosystems — and they need your help. Fortunately, there’s an easy way for you to do your part.

“This time of year, bees can often look like they are dying or dead, however, they’re far from it. Bees can become tired and they simply don’t have enough energy to return to the hive which can often result in being swept away,” a now-deleted Facebook post in a group dedicated to British broadcaster Sir David Attenborough read. “If you find a tired bee in your home, a simple solution of sugar and water will help revive an exhausted bee. Simply mix two tablespoons of white, granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water, and place on a spoon for the bee to reach.” In the wise words of everyone’s favorite nanny with a flying umbrella, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.

For some time now, the bee population has dwindled about 30 percent per year. That’s not good. If the bee apocalypse were to happen right now, “we’d have a very bland and boring diet,” Mark Dykes, the chief inspector for Texas Apiary Inspection Service, told Vice. That’s because bees are pollinators, transferring pollen that fertilizes the fruits and vegetables we love to eat. Foods like almonds, apples, cherries, peaches, and plums — which bees pollinate — would become incredibly expensive if the bee rapture were to take place, because humans would have to hand pollinate them. Would you be willing to pay $16 for an apple? Could you live in a world without wine? (More importantly, would you want to live in a world without wine?)

Bees are often unfairly hated, which is sad because a lot of what we enjoy is the result of their hard work. Making sugar water for bees is so simple, and it could potentionally save a few lives — so why wouldn’t you do it?

Watch the video below to see a bee bum so cute you’ll be ready to leave out a gallon of sugar water:

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