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    Default Bees with red dot on head

    I have 100's of bees with a single bright red dot between their eyes. I'm guessing that it's probably pollen, but I'm curious as to what type and why the dot? Very symmetrical, round, shiny dot...

    And NO it's not a varroa mite.
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    Henbit, red dead nettle, a good early source, plentiful in fields, grassy areas

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    Not familiar with that one. Read about a particular flower that put a white stripe on any bee that foraged it. I am guessing this is similar. Just did a search, this has been discussed on Beesource before and I believe the consensus was henbit and/or deadnettle.

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    Cool punk rock bees. Here in the SF Bay Area our bees sometimes return with blue/purple spots on their backs -- apparently from rosemary flowers. See:

    http://blog.growingwithscience.com/tag/pollen/

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    Default Re: Bees with red dot on head

    henbit does that to our bees
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    Default Re: Bees with red dot on head

    I've heard the hen bit purple dead nettle pollen thing before as well. Its everywhere here right now with clover coming on behind it. No clover blooms yet but soon.

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    It very well may be henbit or purple dead nettle, but I don't know ever really recall seeing it before and if I have, certainly not to this extent. I also didn't see any red pollen on any pollen baskets yesterday. Henbit is blooming all over right now though. Box Elder trees are blooming as well, so there's also lots of sage green pollen coming it. I also saw lots of dark yellow pollen as well.
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    how do you know it's not maple, or plum cherry, or something else without seeing or testing, wow...worthless, you just can't assume it's hencrap or whatever.
    to even be sure what it really is you need a scope to id pollen or send it to a palalology lab who does pollen for id...

    Quote Originally Posted by JWPalmer View Post
    Not familiar with that one. Read about a particular flower that put a white stripe on any bee that foraged it. I am guessing this is similar. Just did a search, this has been discussed on Beesource before and I believe the consensus was henbit and/or deadnettle.

    I am just too slow...

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    Default Re: Bees with red dot on head

    I see my bees gathering olive green pollen off laurel trees, that have been blooming here for about a week and a half. Your green pollen might be from laurels.
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    Default Re: Bees with red dot on head

    My friend in Virginia just posted this for me on his Facebook page to show the red pollen smudge on his bees.

    https://www.facebook.com/CubCreekBee...type=3&theater

    There are a couple additional photos in the comments of that picture.

    cub creek bee photo.jpg

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    Default Re: Bees with red dot on head

    I'll have to try and get a good enough photo to post. Ruth what you posted looks rust colored on my computer. What I'm seeing looks like a pinpoint spot of bright red lipstick, in a perfect circle, right between their eyes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arbol View Post
    how do you know it's not maple, or plum cherry, or something else without seeing or testing, wow...worthless, you just can't assume it's hencrap or whatever.
    to even be sure what it really is you need a scope to id pollen or send it to a palalology lab who does pollen for id...
    Do you have a bug up your butt or are do you just generally post with a pissy attitude?
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