Most of us have such a phobia against bumblebees and cannot bear to have them come close to us, leave alone having them as a pet.
But recently one teen who rescued a bumblebee says it has not only become her loyal pet but follows her wherever she goes and even sleeps in a jar by her bed!
Two weeks ago Lacey Shillinglaw, 13, spotted a large bumblebee lying in the middle of the road while walking her dog and she picked up the bee and noticed it had a crumpled wing. She kept it in a safe spot, on some flowers in a nearby park, but it kept returning to Lacey and crawled all over her.
She returned home after an hour with the bumblebee still sitting on her shoulder, whom she has named Betty. She refuses to leave Lacey’s side, despite her many attempts to leave her outside. Betty follows her to the shops and even stayed with Lacey during games at the bowling alley with 14 friends.
She stayed on Lacey throughout both games—for two-and-a-half hours. “I’m so happy and I just love spending my time with her,” said the girl from Coventry, West Midlands. “She’s so fluffy and I love our friendship.” Betty perched on the girl’s glasses as she went into her local shop to buy milk—shocking other shoppers.
The insect loves to eat Lacey’s foo but also gets its own sugar, water, honey, and strawberry jam. Lacey takes her new pal into the garden to feast on flower nectar, but as soon as she goes inside the house, the bee is right behind her.
At night, Lacey tucks Betty into a little pot without a lid beside her bed and she stays put there till morning. During the day Betty sits on the back of Lacey’s neck, or inside her sleeve, between buzzes around the living room.
“It’s completely lovely—and also bonkers,” said her mother, Laura.
“Betty climbs in Lacey’s long hair like it’s some kind of jungle. She’s on her 90% of the time during the day, including her face, her glasses, and even in between her toes. It’s so beautiful—just gorgeous,” her mother added.
Betty loves to be stroked between the wings by Lacey but doesn’t bother any of the family members like her mom, dad and two younger siblings. “We have all the doors open a lot and she’s just never gone —I haven’t the foggiest why,” said Laura. “Betty is totally amazing—I’ll remember this forever,” says Lacey.