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Not a Beekeeper, but found a bumblebee in need of assistance. Food?

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Not a Beekeeper, but found a bumblebee in need of assistance. Food?

Title basically says it all. Its wing is practically ripped off and it cannot fly for more than a few seconds, and cannot fly upwards. I put some flowers in with it, and I also fed it a little bit of sugar-water (50/50; I also know enough not to make sugar-water its diet). I read they can eat strawberries though? Is store-bought strawberries included?

Can someone give me a list of foods that they can eat aside from flowers, just so this bumblebee can have a variety to choose from?

Also, I put it in a large moving box with a bunch of nature (rocks, leaves, grass, flowers, some sticks so it can climb, etc..

Any tips? I don't really know what to do.

It was only caught about 2-3 hours ago by the way.

edit: Good, but emotional, news. I just took it outside to feed it different flowers. It slowly gained the ability to fly up high. And after sticking by me and taking time eating and "training," it flew away. I'm sad, but also glad that it was good enough to fly away.

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