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Nutritional Physiology and Ecology of Honey Bees

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© 2018 by Annual Reviews. All rights reserved. Honey bees feed on floral nectar and pollen that they store in their colonies as honey and bee bread. Social division of labor enables the collection of stores of food that are consumed by within-hive bees that convert stored pollen and honey into royal jelly. Royal jelly and other glandular secretions are the primary food of growing larvae and of the queen but are also fed to other colony members. Research clearly shows that bees regulate their intake, like other animals, around specific proportions of macronutrients. This form of regulation is done as individuals and at the colony level by foragers.

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Author(s): Wright GA, Nicolson SW, Shafir S

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Annual Review of Entomology

Year: 2018

Volume: 63

Pages: 327-344

Print publication date: 01/01/2018

Online publication date: 13/10/2017

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

ISSN (print): 0066-4170

ISSN (electronic): 1545-4487

Publisher: Annual Reviews Inc.


DOI: 10.1146/annurev-ento-020117-043423