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

    Thanks guys. I know a little about maples I have 517 taps still out and made 250 gallons of syrup this eason
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    Default Re: What pollen is available before the trees bud out?

    Pussy willows, sometimes they seem to pick up saw dust here this time of year

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

    I am having my bees work henbit. Its been blooming since February and still going. Its growing everywhere roundup was sprayed in fields

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

    Quote Originally Posted by garlicbee View Post
    Pussy willows, sometimes they seem to pick up saw dust here this time of year
    Yes! They are in bloom I forgot about them, thanks.
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    Default Re: What pollen is available before the trees bud out?

    is henbit the only red pollen? Like bright fire engine red? I checked on my new hive this morning, and they all had fire engine red pollen. I have never even seen this flower before, so I didn't even know it was around this area.

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