The Question and Answer section for The Secret Life of Bees is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
I believe Lily fainted.
D. Cold Cream
Bees symbolize Lily's mother in a number of instances throughout the novel. Deborah, Lily's mother, literally translates as "bee. Lily seems to follow the bees who, like her mother, ends up in Tiburon.