I didn't understand how it could have been dehydration to have laid her low, given all the water around us; Todd hypothesized that she'd been smacked silly by a blast of water from the sprinklers, earlier, and then she had become cold and dehydrated while dazed on the concrete. She slowly finished all three drops of water; I was surprised that she could hold that much given that each drop had been the size of her head. When she was strong enough to stand on her own, we left her resting in the sun on a fat flower nearby and continued on.
If you see a bee in distress, she may only need some sugar water or even just water on its own, or a safe place to rest and warm up. Sometimes, all we need is a little help.
Photo by Todd Powers