Feeding the Colony

Bumble bee hovers near bee balm

Bumblebee workers, Bombus terrestris, store pollen in comb cells to progressively feed the developing larvae. Multiple larvae are fed by multiple workers. How do the workers keep track of who has been fed and who has not?

Pereboom and colleagues* produced clusters of starved bumblebee larvae (isolated from workers for 24 h) and fed (tended by workers) larvae. They placed these clusters into a chamber with worker bumblebees who had no experience with the…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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