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Naturalbees1312
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:13 pm    Post subject: Pollen sources Reply with quote

As it was 65 yesterday, the bees were flying. I was amazed to see them bringing deep yellow pollen into the hive. Does anyone have any idea what that could be?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Light yellow pollen in the Northeast this time of year is Maple.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi

If you google "pollen chart" you will find several colour charts, which give you the name of the flower that produces that colour pollen. I would assume there are some produced in the USA rather than the British ones I use as obviously you will have a variety of plants that we don't have Some charts are divided into seasons so that by clicking the appropriate option, you can filter out many of the similar colours which flower in mid summer and autumn. I find them really useful reference guides. When I know which plant/tree produces that colour pollen, I can then go out and find some locally and see if the bees are in fact working it and perhaps look at planting some in the garden. At this time of year when flying conditions are challenging (here in the UK they certainly are), good sources of pollen in the apiary/garden are really helpful to the bees.

Mine were taking in a bright orange pollen a few days ago and then I found them all over a clump of crocus. I will be planting more next year, as that is the first pollen they have foraged this year.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It has been pretty cold here with minus 2-3 C at night, up to 6-8 plus during some days, so have seen yellow pollen from Crocus, also some light pink pollen which I think is from some early flowering Cherry trees. The occasional Dandylion is flowering but not much else. We are all waiting for spring.
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