This is good news. I'm in So IL as well and was going to do a hive inspection today, but I got sick so I'm confined to the house. Thanks for the update. I would like to know where the pollen is coming from as well.
Girls are bringing it in here too. Mostly pale yellow, and some orange. Some of the girls bringing it look like they rolled in it, as their abdomens are the same color as the pollen. Have no idea what plant it could be. Pussy willows starting to bloom, but are not open enough, and no visible pollen on the blooms.
That is awesome. The few bees I have seen here in UT have been loaded with pollen too. But lots is starting to bloom here. I have seen crocuses, daffodils (my favorite!) and lots of trees budding also. Love it!
Tough winter for my girls... lost 35 percent here in Southern IL. But I did notice that they were bringing in pollen and had some nectar set up in there! For the life of me I don't know where it is from. But alas, it is cold and miserable again today...think spring!
Maple, elm, pussy willow (earlier than you might thing), dandelion (which blooms nearly all year here and there in protected places, two years ago my bees were bringing in dandelion pollen in December), spring beauties, hellebore.
Maples are huge right now here in S. Indiana, and I'm sure there are other things blooming you wouldn't notice. Maple blossoms when there is pollen available are barely visible from the ground. When you can see those nice red things on the branches they are about done blooming, the seed wings are what you are seeing.
Check to make sure you have enough honey, they can still starve out when they start to raise brood if they are short.
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