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  1. #1
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    Default Covered in Pollen?

    For the past couple of days, our bees have been returning to their hives completely covered in what I believe may be pollen. Each bee appears as if they have been dusted from head to tail in a white powdery substance. Those bees who are covered in this powder do not exhibit any usual behaviors, so again, I am assuming it is some kind of pollen. Any thoughts?

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    Default Re: Covered in Pollen?

    They often look like that after working Rose of Sharon. That is in full swing here now. G
    The Bees are the Beekeepers

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    Default Re: Covered in Pollen?

    I always figure those bees are somewhere nearby. I see some white and some yellow like that fairly frequently. Our neighbor has Pink rose of Sharon, so I'm sure they're working that on occasion. Maybe early AM?

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    Default Re: Covered in Pollen?

    We have Rose of Sharons around and I haven't seen a honeybee on one yet so far. Those are nice because they bloom basically the rest of summer. Into September? Have seen bumblebees on them and hummingbirds.

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    Default Re: Covered in Pollen?

    Any white sunflowers around? I've always seen the bees on sunflowers covered in pollen. It's like they roll in the pollen.

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    Default Re: Covered in Pollen?

    The Bees are the Beekeepers

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    Default Re: Covered in Pollen?

    Thanks to all who provided insight.

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