Cindi, you said that pollen is essential for worker bees to produce royal jelly to feed larvea, but when bee swarm, there is no pollen storage at all for worker bees to eat, so how could they produce royal jelly to feed larvea? As I know, loyal jelly is to feed to larvea that hatch at day 4th.
Through my reading, pollen seems to be more important for nurse bee, to build up physical body.
Now, that is a very, very good question. Now I need to know this answer too. Wait, there will be someone that can answer that with a knowledgeable answer that we can trust.
A thought has occurred to me. MAYBE, the bees fill up on pollen as well as honey before the swarm issues and that is enough pollen to stimulate the glands to have the royal jelly produced to be ready to feed the larvae a few days later.
Some great clarification would be a good thing. Great day. Cindi