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TIL that bees are not herbivores, but are, in fact, omnivores. They’re eating all these little microbes on pollen, which seems to be a significant source of protein for them.

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Bees relying on pollen microbes in their diets provides a mechanism by which some of the things we spray plants with (anti fungals and other anti pest stuff) contributes to bee decline - it takes all the meat out of their diet and leaves them with just potatoes

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