3010Re: [beemonitoring] Do solitary bees drink water?
- Nov 9, 2013What an interesting question! This article from 2008 mentions solitary bees and water:
Page 430: It is not clear whether solitary bees drink water for their own needs,as distinct from seeking dilute nectar. Large aggregations of beesof various genera can be seen foraging at wet soil substrates in thetropics, then regurgitating and reimbibing fluid, and this may be ameans of obtaining salts (Roubik, 1989).On Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 7:52 PM, John Plant <john.plant3@...> wrote:
Water-drinking solitary bees?
I confess I have never seen solitary bees quenching their thirst on water.
However, of course, females of Anthophora and other genera “collect” water to use for nest making.
Vienna, AustriaHi,Do we know whether solitary bees drink actual water or may nectar provide all the water they need ?Any observations on the topic published in scientific journals?Thanks a lotValérie
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