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    Default What pollen is available before the trees bud out?

    Im in NE Ohio. My bees today are bringing in light yellow almost white colored pollen. I dont see anything in bloom except for some crocuses. The willows and maples have not bloomed yet, as far as I know. Any ideas?
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    Default Re: What pollen is available before the trees bud out?

    Possibly skunk cabbage?

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    Default Re: What pollen is available before the trees bud out?

    Quote Originally Posted by heus View Post
    Im in NE Ohio. My bees today are bringing in light yellow almost white colored pollen. I dont see anything in bloom except for some crocuses. The willows and maples have not bloomed yet, as far as I know. Any ideas?
    There is "Colt's Foot" flowers blooming in my area.....mine are bringing in the same colored pollen..

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    Default Re: What pollen is available before the trees bud out?

    Birch trees produce catkins, not really blooms, they look mostly like lumpy sticks but produce pollen that the bees will haul in by the bucketful.

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    Default Re: What pollen is available before the trees bud out?

    Even though you say you didn't notice, I'll bet the red maples are blooming. They are late for us, but every mild day we've had for the last 6 weeks (which isn't many!) they are bringing in red maple pollen.

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    Default Re: What pollen is available before the trees bud out?

    Your bees are flying three miles in all directions, no doubt they are gathering tree pollen, probably maple. Just because the maple in your yard isn't blooming doesn't mean no maples are blooming, there are all kinds of different maple tree varieties with different bloom times. John

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