University of California

Supplemental feeding of honey bees


Bob Sheesley
Bernard Poduska

Authors Affiliations

Bob Sheesley is University of California Farm Advisor, Fresno County; Bernard Poduska is Senior Apiary Inspector, Fresno County.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 22(7):2-4. DOI:10.3733/ca.v022n07p2. July 1968.

PDF of full article, Cite this article


These results indicate that ratings of honey bee colonies based on bee numbers and brood area, were most useful in predicting the pollen-collecting activity by those colonies when the rating was done within 21 days, or one brood cycle, of the pollination period. The rating criteria correlated closely with the pollen collection of honey bees in this experiment. The results of this experiment demonstrated that tools are available now for stimulating an increase in honey bee populations, and for estimating relative pollination capabilities of bee colonies. The advisability and methods of use rest in the hands and imaginations of beekeepers and growers of bee-pollinated crops.

Sheesley B, Poduska B. 1968. Supplemental feeding of honey bees. Hilgardia 22(7):2-4. DOI:10.3733/ca.v022n07p2
Webmaster Email: sjosterman@ucanr.edu