Bright orange pollen??

As observed before, it seems the bees like variety in their pollen collections and I had seen grey, almost white, beige, yellow and black since the bees took up residence some 4 weeks ago.  Today I spotted a bright orange pollen amongst the white and beige.  Not sure whether I can upload video without paying for an upgrade so I’ll try to find a still picture showing some.  From what I can find out it might be from field scabious.

Bringing in the pollen

Spot the orange pollen

The fact the pollen is a similar colour to the thread to the left of the opening is a coincidence.  for those who are wondering – the piece of material rolled up and blocking part of the reduced entrance was placed there so my (small at the time) colony of bees could defend their stores against wasps.  Reducing the entrance allows the guard bees to concentrate on protecting that area.


About apiarylandlord

Definitely past it - whatever it was - I may have blinked and missed it. New to beekeeping and totally entranced by the experience. That is probably all you need to know until I work out how secure this blog is. Great fan of recycling - see to find your local group. Save things from landfill. Pass on your surplus, locally, for free or ask for things you need in case you can have someone's cast off again for free.
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