No pollen traps,
no bee venom
for us

Many commercial companies remove most pollen from the bees as they enter the hive, through the use of pollen traps. The bees are then fed artificial sources of pollen.

At Tahi, we DO NOT subject our bees to this practice, as we believe that pollen traps damage the delicate wings of bees. More importantly, it doesn’t make sense to us to deprive our bees of their health! Stored pollen is the nutritionally rich currency used for colony growth.

You see, bees, like all creatures, require 10 essential amino acids for development, brood rearing and reproduction. For bees, the source of these amino acids is pollen.1 Since 1977, it’s been known that bees that are provided with pollen live more than twice as long as those without.2 Researchers found that colonies lacking pollen had high worker mortality, no interest in caring for their queen and remained weak.

Our ethical management of bees extends further: Tahi does not collect bee venom as we believe it can harm or even kill bees.

1. Keller IP, Fluri P and Imdorf A. (2005) Pollen nutrition and colony development in honey bees – Part 2. Bee World 86: 27-34.
2. Rinderer and Kathleen (1977) in Z Huang (2012) Terrestrial Arthropod Reviews 5: 175-189.