During warm months, bees need water for cooling the hive and for diluting concentrated honey. Jim found bees gathering water from a rain puddle. The bees were dedicated to water collecting, but probably were also gathering minerals and trace elements.
Next Lesson: Moving Two Bee Colonies
- Why do bees need to collect water?
- What may the bees inadvertently be collecting when collecting water?
- Do the bees assist each other at the water hole?