About This Project
Commercial beekeepers commonly provide supplemental nutrition to hives during the dearth to ensure hive survival. This nutritional supplement has historically focused on providing an alternative protein and carbohydrate source. Recent research shows that fats may be as important in honey bee hive health. We hypothesize that the addition of plant based oils with a balanced Omega 6:3 ratio combined with increased 24-methylenecholesterol levels will increase honey bee hive vitality.