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Ratios rather than concentrations of nutritionally important elements may shape honey bee preferences for ‘dirty water’
(John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Royal Entomological Society, 2021-07-05)
1. Honey bees require minerals for a complete diet. However, minerals from flowers can be inadequate in concentration and composition. Therefore, honey bees may drink ‘dirty water’ from natural sources such as puddles. ...