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I tried searching but evidently didn't select the right words. I was down by the hives today mowing and afterwards, watching the coming's and going's and there was a lot of that going on. I didn't see the first one with pollen on their legs. Question is, what else are they doing? Can you see water or nectar on them like pollen. I admit, my eyes are bad even with glasses.:eek: I just can't believe they are just doing sorties with nothing in return.
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Pollen is in pollen baskets on their legs while nectar is in their honey stomachs. So you won't see nectar. When they come back heavy with nectar, you will see a lot of them come in short the the landing area and land on the ground. They will rest for a minute or so and then fly up to the entrance.
 

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It could also be the time of day. I've noticed recently that my bees seem to be bringing in a lot of pollen in the early AM, but very little in the afternoon. They may be taking advantage of a good pollen source early in the day and then switching to a nectar bloom that peaks in the afternoon.
 

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Pollen is in pollen baskets on their legs while nectar is in their honey stomachs. So you won't see nectar. When they come back heavy with nectar, you will see a lot of them come in short the the landing area and land on the ground. They will rest for a minute or so and then fly up to the entrance.
I did see exactly this. Some of them were "clumsy" and missing the landing zone completely. I figured at the time that maybe they were just getting weak and near the end of their time.:doh:
Oh well, I got a lot to learn! :scratch:
 
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