Re: Rain and effect on nectar/pollen
While I am not an expert on bees collecting pollen & nectar, I have been a farmer for most of my 66 years. Think about it if it comes a drenching rain how could it not wash out all but the most stubbornly attached bee feed. However, the rain just brings more blooms and bee feed. The only time you really lose a lot is like this year, we had one of the best locust blooms we have had for around 10-12 years. It started raining about the time they hit full bloom and continued for most of 2 weeks. No Locust honey, which is the best it gets in my area.
So much to learn, so little time!!