Bees Show a Surprising Affinity for the Pollen of Male Hemp Plants

Bees love hemp. At least 23 varieties feed on hemp pollen.

A new study has found that male hemp flowers — the cannabis plant used for fiber and pollen — could prove to be a viable food source at a time when bees are facing many survival challenges. The study, “Bee Diversity and Abundance of Flowers on Industrial Hemp,” appears in the March 2019 issue of the Elsevier-published journal Biomass and Bioenergy. The observations show that the pollen from male hemp flowers is used as nutrition for bee larvae.

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