mkesa
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Vanishing bees

Postby mkesa » Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:16 pm

Can bees ever get dehydrated?

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Re: Vanishing bees

Postby ivyh » Thu Mar 22, 2012 3:08 pm

Yes, bees can get dehydrated, although their exoskeleton does a good job of keeping water in their bodies and preventing this from happening.

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Re: Vanishing bees

Postby HeatherL » Sat Mar 24, 2012 4:15 pm

Just like any living thing, bees need to maintain their water balance, a process called osmoregulation. If you look up terms like "osmoregulation" and "water balance," it will help you understand why bees can get dehydrated. (Sometimes they do not keep the balance they need, especially if they do not have access to water.)

I hope that helps!

Heather

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Re: Vanishing bees

Postby grace7177 » Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:08 pm

Hello!

I thought it might be helpful to know the implications of dehydration in bees.
You can check out:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/bees/buzz.html and http://ask.yahoo.com/20021203.html to find the unfiltered facts!

"The honey that we eat is nectar that bees have repeatedly regurgitated and dehydrated.In the sack, complex plant sugars in the nectar begin to break down into simpler, more digestible sugars. When the sack is full, the bee returns to the hive to offload droplets of nectar to another food-processing worker bee. That bee will distribute it to the young or place it into the honeycomb for long-term storage. At the hive, "fanning" bees dehydrate and preserve the stored substance by flapping their wings to reduce its moisture content."

Hope this information leads to more questions!

-Grace


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