If it is cold, they can survive outdoors for a very short time. They become too cold to fly, and then they will crawl around on the ground, and eventually starve to death. If you wish to save a cold bee, get a bottle, use a spoon to put the bee in the bottle. Dissolve a teaspoon of sugar in two tablespoons of water.
warm weather, a bee can theoretically decide to be a solitary bee wandering from flower to flower and drinking nectar and just live a free, hive-free life. We must remember that a bee is a social animal.
How Long Can A Bee Theoretically Live Outside A Hive If It Is Not Cold Or Starving?
Lost bees buzz around and are basically very lost. Sometimes, they will go to a flower, fill up with nectar and pollen, and go to a new hive they find. Normally the guards of that hive will smell that they are not from that hive and try to kill them.
We may be tempted to feed a bee honey when they look sick or tired. This is not a good idea. Honey often contains the spores of deadly bee pathogens. If you feed a bee honey, she will take these spores back to her hive and make all the bees sick.