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I'm trying to get a better sense of the economy of a hive, information about the daily inputs and requirements. I've found plenty of conflicting data so far or information that, when punched back into equations, results in bees starving on day 1. I'm hoping someone here can recommend a good book on bee biology that can answer some of my questions...

  • How much nectar is collected per bee / day
  • How much pollen is collected per bee / day
  • How much do bees need to eat / day to survive
  • How much honey is needed to draw a frame of wax
  • How many bees are needed back in the hive to tend brood, make honey, tend the queen, make wax
  • etc.

If anyone has a book that they think would be a good read for me I'm all ears. Thank you!
 

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The answers to all of the above is 'it depends'.

Jurgen Tautz wrote a book called the buzz about bees which tries to address that stuff...I do think everything is correct....but it does try.
 
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