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I took this picture this weekend of my girls hauling in the pollen. I was guessing it was crepe myrtle pollen since that is the only thing blooming here in great numbers. But someone else posted that goldenrod pollen is a bright orange color.

I haven't noticed any goldenrod blooming yet here in Tidewater Virginia. The patch in my yard is starting to form flower buds but is a long way from opening. Haven't noticed anything along the edges of the fields either, but others further north say their goldenrod is blooming early this year.

What do you all think?

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I didn't know bees got anything from crepe myrtle. We have lots of it here and it's been blooming for a month but I have yet to ever see a bee on any of the blooms.
 

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Can't say, but it doesn't look like crepe myrtle pollen. I was trapping pollen and the crepe is not nearly as uniform. I've seen the early season GR blooming on my road for over a week, so you may be right.
Astrobee, did you ever get some dark brown or almost black pollen? Had some coming in around the first part of July and never could figure out what it was. I'm hoping to retrofit one of my top bar hives next year to hold the small pollen collector I bought this year.
 

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Black pollen around here is from black eyed susans.

The bright orange pumpkin colored pollen is not GR. Golden rod pollen is less orange more yellow.

What i've done in the past is watch whatever they are working and see what color the pollen is in their bags. Big fields are the best to do this.
 

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Black pollen around here is from black eyed susans.

The bright orange pumpkin colored pollen is not GR. Golden rod pollen is less orange more yellow.

What i've done in the past is watch whatever they are working and see what color the pollen is in their bags. Big fields are the best to do this.
Interesting, I always thought that orange was goldenrod. Thats the majority of whats coming in here. G
 

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I found some old posts that said it could be aster pollen.

I was shocked to see goldenrod blooming in our front meadow already, but I haven't seen any bees on it.
 

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I live in northern Virginia and there is goldenrod blooming here for the past 7-9 days. The color is a nice bright yellow with maybe a hint of orange. The pollen in your picture is likely not the goldenrod but I see the same color being hauled in here as well.
 
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