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Water Foragers

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. 

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Questions:

  1. Why do bees need to collect water?
  2. What may the bees inadvertently be collecting when collecting water?
  3. Do the bees assist each other at the water hole?