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    I was wondering if the color of pollen corralates (sp) with the color of the flower?
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    No.
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    I have no idea, but I noticed pollen on the legs that are goldenrod color, and other bees bringing white "buckwheat" colored pollen. Can't answer the question, but those two observations aren't contrary to your question.

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    why?
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    Color of pollen does correlate with the color of the pollen of the plant/flowers being harvested from. Some plants with red flowers have white pollen, some with white flowers have orange pollen. The color of pollen does depend on the color of the pollen being produced by the plant/flowers the pollen is being harvested from.
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    Hi, We also have pollen of different colors coming in and we assume that the bees will work it as they see fit. However, what is baffling that one hive is bringing in lots of pollen while the other one does not. Both are about three feet apart. Any ideas?

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    Maybe one hive is raising a lot more brood than the other. Maybe one hive as a much larger number of forager age bees.

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    Chef,

    Here's a link from my files on pollen.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollen_source

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    Maybe I should clarify. White flowers do not necessarily have white pollen. Red flowers do not necessarily have red pollen, in fact, I don't ever remember seeing a pollen that was the same color as the flower.

    Other than that I don't know if there's a pattern.
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    This might be a stupid question, but can you SEE the pollen in the flower?
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    Yes you can, you can gather some flowers together and shake off the pollen onto a white sheet of paper to view the color.

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    Some you can just look down in the flower and see it. Some are harder to get to and naturebees method will get it out of those.
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    Right now the only thing blooming in my area is Goldenrod. The bees are collecting a lot of pollen, and they are bringing in bright yellow pollen, so my observation is some flowers have the same color pollen as the flower. Also squash and pumpkins have the same color pollen as the flower, you can look in the flower and see it.If you are in the field when they are foraging, you can see bright yellow pollen on the legs as they fly form flower to flower.
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    Well my girls are bringing in the bright orange (have been for a while). But what could be pale yellow that started more recently and now white is also coming in? I guess this is for anyone familiar with this time of year in this part of Arkansas. The reason I ask is my son asked me and I don't have a clue. Is there a book or guide somewhere that may have this information? Thanks!

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