The more pollen,
the more bees.

Research has shown that honey bee larvae need enough protein in their brood food to ensure proper development and to optimise their growth during the winter. In 1936, Farrar3 showed that the quantity of stored pollen within a colony in the fall (autumn) significantly correlated with its spring adult bee population. In other words: the more pollen, the more bees. Other studies have further reinforced the importance of natural pollens on hive health.4 5

What’s more, experts such as Christina Grozinger, Professor of Entomology and Director of the Center for Pollinator Research, Penn State University, USA, have found that feeding honey bees a natural diet of pollen makes them significantly more resistant to pesticides than feeding them an artificial pollen diet.

3.Farrar DL. (1936) Influence of pollen reserves on the surviving populations of over-wintered colonies. American Bee Journal 76: 452-454.
4.Mattila HR and Otis GW. (2006) The effects of pollen availability during larval development on the behaviour and physiology of spring-reared honey bee workers. Apidologie 37: 533-546.
5.Sagili RR and Pankiw T. (2007) Effects of protein-constrained brood food on honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) pollen foraging and colony growth. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 61: 1471-1478.