What is Bee Bread?
Pollen is the primary ingredient in bee bread, which is rich in protein but difficult to digest in its raw form. Bees collect pollen from flowers when foraging and store it in special “baskets” on their hind legs. Honey bees fill these baskets grain by grain until they have dense balls of pollen stuck to their legs. Believe it or not, a fully-loaded bee can carry up to a third of its body weight in pollen.
Gathering pollen for bee bread is such a labor-intensive process that it takes an enormous toll on the forager bees. They typically die just a few weeks after the foraging season begins in the spring. But, thanks to their efforts, they’re able to sustain a new generation of bees and keep their colonies buzzing into the future.