Orange pollen in Early october, Northeast US?
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    Default Orange pollen in Early october, Northeast US?

    Would anyone here know what flower or source bees might be gathering orange pollen in the 1st week in October?

    The goldenrod is 99% finished, so it's not goldenrod.

    Is this Aster pollen?

    The color was distinctly orange, but not too dark, not reddish - nearly perfect orange.

    Whatever it was, its finished now. 2nd week of October.
    Last edited by username00101; 10-14-2019 at 06:29 PM.

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    Default Re: Orange pollen in Early october, Northeast US?

    I posted a nearly identical question earlier. Check it out. Michael Palmer thinks is Aster. J

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    Default Re: Orange pollen in Early october, Northeast US?

    In the other thread you said yellow. Orange is goldenrod. There are always a few late bloomers. Might have been mowed or otherwise distressed. We're seeing a bit of orange too.

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    Default Re: Orange pollen in Early october, Northeast US?

    That's true mine is a yellow, pretty sure not goldenrod. J

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    Default Re: Orange pollen in Early october, Northeast US?

    At my location and now - orange means dandelion.
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    Default Re: Orange pollen in Early october, Northeast US?

    Quote Originally Posted by GregV View Post
    At my location and now - orange means dandelion.
    Here too.

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    Default Re: Orange pollen in Early october, Northeast US?

    There is no dandelion in Vermont. Occasionally you might see one or two this time of year in a sunny location in someone's yard. Most were gone by the end of June. There might be more further south, but not in abundance. J

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    Default Re: Orange pollen in Early october, Northeast US?

    I can't talk about eastern side of North America, but here in the Pacific NorthWest, Yellow pollen at this time is Ivy (could be mustard if someone planted it late summer for ground cover), orange would be Aster and Goldenrod.

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    Default Re: Orange pollen in Early october, Northeast US?

    Quote Originally Posted by GregV View Post
    At my location and now - orange means dandelion.
    Goldenrod is orange, too. You're in WI and there must be a good goldenrod pollen flow in August/September. Yes?

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    Default Re: Orange pollen in Early october, Northeast US?

    My bees are bringing in quite a lot of pollen from the small white asters that have been blooming for a while.

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    Default Re: Orange pollen in Early october, Northeast US?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    Goldenrod is orange, too. You're in WI and there must be a good goldenrod pollen flow in August/September. Yes?
    Goldenrod is out and done.
    Time to harvest the seeds.

    Dandelion is back in (the typical late fall bloom in mowed city parks; can be significant, the weather permitting).
    3-4 years ago now, we had very heavy dandelion into November (was a very mild fall; the parks lawns were almost spring-like - yellow).
    The beauty of the suburban beekeeping.

    In addition - people are not talking much about hawkweeds.
    People should.
    These, like the dandelions, can bloom very late (especially so IF they are in the mowed locations - they are just rebounding after the last mowing cycle and go into the mass bloom, weather permitting).

    The mowing phenomenon introduces many atypical things into the late flow - to be understood and considered.

    PS: then the marigolds - again, the reality of the suburbia.
    Last edited by GregV; 10-15-2019 at 10:03 AM.
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    Default Re: Orange pollen in Early october, Northeast US?

    Goldenrod isn't a single color. I'd bet Aster. Second bet...Goldenrod. It's all good....
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    Default Re: Orange pollen in Early october, Northeast US?

    My neighbor has some giant sunflowers that have somehow survived the frosts at night. Was out watching the girls collecting pollen, it was a dark orange on their legs. The variety I had in my yard has a whitish color pollen.
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