Science: Keep 'Em Flying (Bee Dept.)

Though the gods drank nectar, pollen would have been far better for them: pollen (which is a male reproductive spore) is a startlingly rich source of proteins and fats, contains carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. This discovery was announced last week by James I. Hambleton, chief U.S. apiarist at Beltsville, Md. Apiarist Hambleton and co-workers have invented a trap to collect pollen by the ton: a screen doorstep in front of a beehive, which brushes pollen off the hairy legs of bees and drops it into a box below. As much as 70 lb. of...

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