Seasonality of salt foraging in honey bees (Apis mellifera).

Bonoan, Rachael E.

Tai, Taylor M.

Rodriguez, Marlen Tagle.

Feler, Laine.

Daddario, Salvatore R.

Czaja, Rebecca A.

O'Connor, Luke D.

Burruss, Georgianna

Philip T. Starks


  • Honey bees (Apis mellifera) prefer foraging at compound-rich, “dirty”, water sources over clean water sources. Since a honey bee’s main floral diet only contains trace amounts of micronutrients—likely not enough to sustain an entire colony—we hypothesized that honey bees forage in dirty water for physiologically essential minerals that their floral diet, and thus the colony, may lack. While there ... read more
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  • Bonoan, R. E., Tai, T. M., Tagle Rodriguez, M., Feller, L., Daddario, S. R., Czaja, R. A., . . . Starks, P. T. (2016). Seasonality of salt foraging in honey bees (Apis mellifera). Ecological Entomology. doi:10.1111/een.12375
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