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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1948. Department of Entomology.


Copyright 1948, the author. Used by permission.


Beekeeping as an industry is very dependent on favorable weather conditions for successful operation. Since little success is being achieved in the finding of made-to-order weather year after year, the next best procedure is to improve our working methods. A late spring slows the spring build-up of the colonies. This often makes it impossible for the bees to achieve sufficient colony strength by the time the honey flow arrives. Since spring build-up is known to be dependent on available pollen and honey supplies, beekeepers now feed the bee colony pollen substitutes, pollen supplements, and sugar syrup to stimulate the colony growth when shortages of natural foods occur. This study was made to compare the effectiveness of various compositions of certain pollen substitutes.

Advisor: Ephriam Hixson