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    Default white pollens

    Hi, All! My hive is going strong now with the new queen. On a good sunny day in the mid 50s, I can see lots of bees flying around collecting nectar and pollens. I have seen many different colors of pollens they are bringing in ranging from light solid to puffy yellowish color. Some are darker orange color. They have been bringing in the yellow and orange pollens all week long. Today I went outside to look at what they are bringing in for the harvest. I saw some bees bringing in white color pollens.
    The bee fact states that bees will exhaust one area of nectar and pollens before moving on to another area. But I still saw some yellowish pollens being brought in today. So I am thinking what flowers are blooming right now. Does anybody know what flower is associated with the white pollens?

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    Default Re: white pollens

    You're a totally different climate than I am, but around here I've seen white pollen on occassion in the winter, and the only thing I can come up w/is hellebores.

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    One winter I watched as workers brought in huge loads of a snowy white pollen, such big loads they could hardly walk. I could not figure it out until I discovered the girls out at my compost pile where I had dumped a bag of pancake mix someone had given me. They were in a dither loading up the precious stuff and flying home. Pancakes and honey, yum!

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    Default Re: white pollens

    My bees were bringing in the same white colored pollen and I'm almost 100% sure it's from eucalyptus as its the only abundant thing blooming right now where my hives are, and I also Bee lined the foragers to see if they were going towards the euc stand and they were.
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    Default Re: white pollens

    I would also suspect that the pollen is from a eucalyptus tree. I have several eucalyptus trees blooming on my property right now and the bees have been busy collecting the white pollen.

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    Default Re: white pollens

    Sounds like you've landed on Eucalyptus, but I've found the following link helpful on more than one occasion. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollen_source

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