Konrad, Marie was wondering what stored pollen looks like. I tried to describe it but a photo would be so much better. Do you ahve any to post? Tony
I should have some in photobucket from last year, I'm so busy in the moment digging trees etc.
Right now it's "only Willow" coming in and this picture shows it.
Here you see pollen of various sources stored in the comb.
Bumble Bee with pollen.
wonderful pictures and thank you Konrad. I'm going to look more closely at my bees this season and see what different pollens I see. How does learn what pollen is from what plant? I imagine if willows are the predominant tree in bloom, it would be a good guess. But what about when plant bloom is more varied?
Konrad, Awesome as always. Thanks, Tony
Thank you all!
>>But what about when plant bloom is more varied?Well..I sometimes go and see where bees are busy gathering things, if they are loaded with pollen, you then can see the
color, also you know that this plant source is good for them.
Because you live where it is really cold, do you have to replace your colonies every year. Here is MA many colonies, even strong vigorous ones, froze this year. If you try to bring yours through, how do you prepare them for winter?
Yes, we do over winter....we try anyway, a package bees is now around $135. Out of 8, 5 hive survived, I'm always amazed that bees can stay in a box most of the time for about 5 month.
I had a thread going, it should explain.
Here is a link that might be useful: Show and Tell your Hive