the last three yards I went in to treat for mites, the queens are laying drone brood between the boxes, really to early for that. My hives went into winter extremely heavy, they are the lightest coming out of winter ever, two 3 deep hives were panicking, took them apart and there was not an ounce of honey in them, moving honey in a light rain is always fun.
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Pollen is being collected by a colony in Springfield, Mass owned by a friend, first year beek, whom I try to mentor. Very early. Light green. Probably pussy willows.
i have several pussy willows that we put in last year and they are starting to open now.
Western NY here. Second day hitting 50 degrees and both saw the girls packing pollen away. Looks like soft maples have popped. But it's hard to say what they're bringing in around me, since I'm surrounded by miles of forest and swamp.
Gatsby, Soft maple = red maple = swamp maple. Do you have gray pollen coming in?
Here in SE Michigan 6a I see lots of pollen coming in, but looks like only silver maple are flowering so far
USDA 6a, 8 frame equipment
I'll check again tomorrow. But nothing here yet.
First pollen today near Lake Champlain. Three colors. Populous tremuloides for sure. A white I don't know. A pale yellow that might be silver maple. First pollen last year...April 20. 420
I'll still check tomorrow but I should have pollen in a week here. I'm up in the mountain-y area. Getting excited now. But I don't trust spring to really be here till April 20.
We also saw lots of grey and yellow pollen coming in. interesting enough, one hive was bringing in mostly Greg pollen, the other the yellow. We thought the grey was from maple (but I don’t see any blooming) and the yellow from coltsfoot. We saw the coltsfoot blooming.
anyone seeing nectar in their hives?
First Popple pollen today. And the forecast looks like they may get more.
It is hard to design a safety net that some will not use as a hammock.
Looked today again. Some hives are getting pretty light. Had to swap some honey frames around.
They are all bringing in nectar and pollen though so should be ok .