Beg to differ but willing to be educated as to why I could be wrongDefinitely not. A much misunderstood sign.
Bees try to maintain a spherical nest, this often leads to an arc of pollen being stored at the base of the first super above the Queen excluder.Does it mean anything if the bees put pollen in the supers?
I've seen many a hive stuffed with pollen !!!!I have seen many times queenless hives stuffed with pollen. These I should say are QUEENLESS hives which is to say no queen of any sort in them.
So pollen being taken in cannot be taken as a sign of anything. apart I suppose that pollen is available for collection.
Pretty sure Storch says pollen in = new queen laying. I think a thread to discuss his findings would be useful. I like the watching approach, but how accurate his findings are to others would be useful...I was told they would only collect pollen if they needed to feed young or were in the process of raising a new queen and all was well in the hive.
Busting myths in bee keeping