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    Default Do bees have interest in wind-pollinated plants as a pollen source

    I know that most grains and some other plants are wind pollinated and because they are wind pollinated they need to create lots of pollen for this purpose. Do bees show any interest in gathering this type of pollen as a food source even though these plants don't provide any nectar?

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    Default Re: Do bees have interest in wind-pollinated plants as a pollen source

    this would be along the lines of plants like Amaranth, corn, pine trees, etc

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    Default Re: Do bees have interest in wind-pollinated plants as a pollen source

    Yes they do - depending on the plant!

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    Default Re: Do bees have interest in wind-pollinated plants as a pollen source

    what are ones they are interested in vs ones that they are not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Almondralf View Post
    Yes they do - depending on the plant!

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    Default Re: Do bees have interest in wind-pollinated plants as a pollen source

    Bees work what provides the most nutrition of the available choices and that varies from year to year and from month to month.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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