Living With “Dirty” Water

Worker Honey Bee

Honey bees do not prefer their water too clean. Like many herbivorous insects, honey bees do not get enough sodium by eating pollen and nectar. They prefer water that contains sodium over deionized water. Sodium is commonly found in mud puddles.

Dietary concentrations of calcium, magnesium and potassium are found in pollen. Bees do not seek these minerals when pollen is abundant. However, in autumn when pollen can become scarce, bees will seek these minerals from open water…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.