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Boxwood – an early season source of pollen

Posted by blueberrytalk on April 2, 2014

boxwood bee

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Hazelnut pollen

Posted by blueberrytalk on February 15, 2013

The first warm day this year has brought out the bees to gather pollen from the hazelnut catkins. One bee has white pollen which is probably from heather. Click on the picture to enlarge.

Feb 15,2013

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A treasure trove of pollen

Posted by blueberrytalk on April 13, 2012

This willow has many more flowers than a pussywillow. The amount of pollen from this one source has kept the bees very busy!

willow pollen

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Late Pussywillow

Posted by blueberrytalk on April 12, 2012

Different varieties of pusseywillow provide a continuous stream of pollen throughout the spring.

pussywilow

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Plenty of pollen

Posted by blueberrytalk on April 4, 2012

The entrance to the hive was jammed with bees carrying an assortment of pollen. Skimmia and rhododendrons were the source.

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Pussywillow pollen in abundance

Posted by blueberrytalk on March 23, 2012

A sudden turn to warm weather coincides with pussywillow pollen at its peak. Click on the picture to enlarge.

Pussywillow pollen

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Flying days in February

Posted by blueberrytalk on February 7, 2012

Four warm sunny days in early February have allowed the bees to visit the hazelnut catkins. Some years they never get a chance because of cold weather.

Hazelnut pollen

 Now, check out this video to see the bees gathering Hazelnut pollen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR2Y5ABJIZw

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Bees and blueberry pollen

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 24, 2011

The Mason bee (top left) has loaded up with blueberry pollen. The Sweat bee (bottom left) was captured right inside a blueberry blossom and the picture shows a lot of pollen.The honeybee (top right) comes from a colony where bees specialize in productive pollen sources. (It’s hard to gather pollen from blueberries.) The bumblebee comes to the blueberries after gathering pollen elsewhere (bottom right).

creamy white blueberry pollen

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Mason bees and pollen

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 12, 2011

Unlike honeybees, Mason bees carry pollen on stiff hairs under the abdomen called “scopa”. The scopa are well positioned to facilitate good pollination. Click on the picture and magnify to see the pollen grains.

mason bee with pollen

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The colours of rhododendron pollen

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 11, 2011

Many rhododendrons are in bloom and the bees are all over the rhododendrons so we are assuming that rhododendrons are the pollen source. Click on the picture to enlarge.

rhododendron pollen

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