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  1. #1
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    Dec 2008
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    Lowell, MI. Ionia County, USA
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    Default Where is the pollen coming from?

    Last week I had a 54 degree day and decided to install pollen patties in my hives, when i had them open i noticed the bee's were allready brining in pollen.
    The snow here is just melting away nicely and I am wondering where is the pollen coming from this early in spring?

  2. #2
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    Sep 2007
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    JACKSON OHIO
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    Default Re: Where is the pollen coming from?

    skunk cabbage? elm,maple

  3. #3
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    Jul 2010
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    Pittsburgh, PA
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    Default Re: Where is the pollen coming from?

    willows, crocus, maple, skunk cabbage are the bigger ones for early pollen

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    Default Re: Where is the pollen coming from?

    The girls were bringing in pollen in good amounts here (MASS) last week (2 days, 50's and 60's) even though snow cover was still ~ 30-40% (!?!?!). Plenty of skunk cabbage spadices, and I think they put out an olive green pollen, but they were bringing in some tan stuff and a little yellow too. No maples here yet. but I'm thinking hazelnut(?). Catkins are looking pretty lanky, but haven't seen any puffs of pollen from them. I'm on my 10th month as a beek, so it's new to me.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
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    Tulsa OK. USA
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    Default Re: Where is the pollen coming from?

    Search your State Pollen source online, alot of states have done studies and the reports list plant/date and sometimes pollen color. Jim
    Stop and smell the flowers, 50,000 ladies can't be wrong
    Bsweetapiary@aol.com

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Columbia county, New York, USA
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    Default Re: Where is the pollen coming from?

    We are getting just the very beginning of pollen being brought in- looks like only a few girls with very small amounts of tan pollen. No maples or willows blooming yet here, though the crocuses are blooming.
    The little bee returns with evening's gloom,
    To join her comrades in the braided hive... -Tennyson

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Grand Rapids MI USA
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    287

    Default Re: Where is the pollen coming from?

    Winter anconite, pussy willows, crocus were blooming as of Sat but forget about that for a week or so.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Jacksonville, Florida
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    Default Re: Where is the pollen coming from?

    If you have Maples in the area my bet is on them. They start here in the South as early as late December. And bloom all the way to Feb. The majority bloom late Jan-Feb. But, some do start earlier even if you don't notice. The bees will find the ones blooming early.

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