Re: NASA Honey Bee Forage Map
enjambres, I agree. But what is significant to one is not to others even in the same region. There is a difference between significance and importance. I would say that dandelion is important, but to the whole annual crop it contributes very little compared to the major sources year after year there for "nonsignificant".
I would say that were Region 10 (which in NY includes The North Country) expanded to include the whole State of NY that would be a better representation of significant floral sources of nectar. Yet Locust would still be non, which has been my experience over the last 28 years.
Michael Palmer, how would you rate the significance of Locust?
When I think of nectar sources in NY the Clovers rate as No.1, Goldenrod as No.2, and Asters No.3 for parts of the State other than The North Country. St. Lawrence Co. anyway. Then Basswood No.4, Purple Loostrife No.5 maybe, regionally, Locust No.6, I guess. Buckwheat in the Finger Lakes doesn't yield nectar anymore. Trefoil isn't grown in large enough acreages to be noticeable. Cranberries make almost no contribution to the annual crop. I know of only two places in the State where there is any significant amount of acreage of cranberries grown.
That's what comes to my mind. What did I forget? Maybe NASA should contact the CIA for some input. I wonder what the source of NASA's information is and whether it is significant. lol
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