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  1. #1
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    Concordia, MO, USA
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    Default pollen, what about nectar

    Bees are bringing in pollen, would there be nectar also?

  2. #2
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    morehead city, nc, usa
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    Here's the way it's going this year in my area. First pollen....lots of it...for about 10 days. Then I began to see nectar stored in the combs. That's the only way I know of to verify a nectar flow. Can't see it on the bees.

    Right now I see most of the pollen coming back in the mornings. I'm assuming the returning bees in the afternoon have nectar with them.

    A word of caution: in the fall, don't assume bees returning to the hive have nectar with them. Sometimes they can't find anything. Then they go hungry.

  3. #3
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    Mar 2006
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    Genesee County, New York
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    Reminder

    I saw the exact same thing today in Western NY and was going to post this question too.
    I am somewhat surprised since the snow has finally melted and I didn't think anything was blooming to provide a source of pollen. It did get to 63F late this afternoon. A snow/rain mix is in the forecast for Thursday here. I hope they are replenishing their honey & pollen stores.
    I hope this is a good sign.

  4. #4
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    west point, ms
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    My bees bringing lots of pollen and nectar. I checked them today and they were starting to whiten up the comb... sure sign of a honey flow.
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  5. #5
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    Mar 2008
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    Cameron, MO
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    I have very few flowers on right now but the girls sure are bringing in alot of white pollen. They arent taking much sugar water. maybe 1/2 - 1 pint a day per hive.

  6. #6
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    Jun 2008
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    Concordia, MO, USA
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    So do I need to feed possibly, They still have small stores of honey.
    Will they build up on that honey like they would on the sugar water?

  7. #7
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    West Newton, Pa.
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    In my section of Pennsylvania the maple trees are starting to bloom. When I checked the bees yesterday they were bringing in a greenish-tan pollen which is typical of maple pollen. Once I spot them bringing this in I don't bother feeding them anymore since they are also bringing enough nectar in to satisfy their requirements.
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  8. #8
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    Jun 2008
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    Concordia, MO, USA
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    The pollen is a light yellow color. THere are a lot of bees coming in with nothing or so it appears. I think I will try to just let them be and see what happens . Thanks for the responses.

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