Re: Bananas over Honey Bees
But perhaps the banana growers federation could lend their muscle!
Originally Posted by Randy Ray
Seriously though, why are you feeding the bees? To get them through the winter? To promote spring buildup? Adult bees consume very little pollen for their own use, If you are wanting to get a hive through winter, they need honey, or as close a substitute to that as possible, ie sugar syrup.
If you are wanting to assist brood development, they need honey or sugar syrup, plus pollen. The pollen provides all the vitamins, minerals, and PROTEIN, among other things they need, that are not in honey in sufficient quantity. I'm pretty sure a banana diet would leave them protein starved.
When you feed your hive bananas, and you see them "eating" it, what is happening to the banana? Could it be getting removed from the hive with the garbage?
"We don't need no education" (Pink Floyd) - Yes you do, you just used a double negative.