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How to feed bumblebees

Feeding Bumblebees
Written by Kevin van Kester | Last update: 15-10-2020

Bumblebees eat pollen. They obtain most of the pollen they need from the flowers in the crop, but in some cases this quantity is not enough. A shortage of pollen has a negative influence on the bumblebees and thus on the pollination effect. Therefore, if there is a shortage of pollen in the crop, the bumblebees should be fed manually. We explain how to feed bumblebees.

Working method for how to feed bumblebees

  • Fill a measuring cup with 55 millilitres of pollen. This is enough food for a complete bumblebee colony for 5 to 6 days.
  • Open the bumblebee box.
  • Sprinkle the pollen through the grid in one corner of the bumblebee box.
  • Ensure that no pollen is left on the grille.
  • Close the bumblebee box.

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  • Watch the video to see how bumblebees are fed. 

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Kevin KesterAbout Kevin van Kester

Kevin van Kester, specialist in the area of quality management of biological pesticides, has been working with Royal Brinkman since 2013. On the basis of IOBC-guidelines, he structurally monitors the quality of organic products of various producers throughout Europe. "My motivation consists of contributing to higher efficiency of the biological pest control, as such, due to which fewer chemical treatments are required."

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