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    Default Gray Pollen?

    I'm in the Seattle area and I'm used to seeing orange colored pollen come in - although I'm not sure what plant(s) it comes from. But today I noticed a darker, kind of gray colored pollen. I've never notice that before.

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    Default Re: Gray Pollen?

    Here is NW Florida, they recently started bringing in a grey white pollen. Changes in color are normal. I don't recall what it is locally and would have no idea for your region, but non-yellow pollen happens.
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    Default Re: Gray Pollen?

    Here gray pollen is from blackberry. Should start here in a week or two.

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    Default Re: Gray Pollen?

    Gray pollen in Seattle area now is most likely from the blackberry, our major nectar source, which is now blooming everywhere. Orange pollens my bees recently brought in were Japanese snowbell and cistus (I did ID under microscope), but yours could be false dandelion, multiflora rose, or other plants, depending on what you have nearby.

    A honey bee with blackberry pollen.
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    A honey bee with cistus (rockrose) pollen.
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    Zone 8, elevation 70 ft, near the north end of Lake Washington

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    Default Re: Gray Pollen?

    Great. It makes perfect sense. Thanks!
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