What the heck kind of pollen is this?

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Tia, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. Tia

    Tia New Member

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    This morning the girls are bringing in a yellow--not bright like goldenrod, more like a lemon yellow--pollen that is almost dayglo or radioactive! I'm nearsighted and from 10' away I can see this stuff. They almost look like lightning bugs. I'm hoping they're not picking up something lethal, paint chips, etc.

    Got any ideas?
     
  2. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    might be asters
     

  3. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    I have seen bees pick wild sunflower pollen up that looked a lot like you explained
     
  4. Tia

    Tia New Member

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    Must be getting it from a distance away. I checked out my property and found the working cucumbers, wild onions, mint, chives, wild ageratum, and even tomatoes, but the pollen wasn't the same as what I was seeing. I'm sure there are lots of wild asters in the woods and marsh and the nursery is just down the street.
     
  5. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    if you were here Tia I would suggest what you are seeing is bitterweed.
     
  6. Tia

    Tia New Member

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    Tecumseh, out of curiosity I looked up a photo of bitterweed (also called "sneezeweed") and thought it looked like something that's all along the roadsides here. But then it said it grows only in Texas. So I went to the local extension office website and sure enough, there it was! I don't have any of the stuff on my property, but I've seen a lot of it along the creek and they could easily have gotten into it. Thanks for your input!
     
  7. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    you are welcome.

    bitterweed is highly invasive and spreads easily. I have notice it in pastures in Texas and Louisiana so I know it not confined to just Texas. as it's name suggest it's produces bitter honey for bees and bitter milk when consumed by cows.
     
  8. srvfantexasflood

    srvfantexasflood New Member

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    I didn't know it produced a bitter honey. It's native around here as well. The garden centers sell it as a native plant or perennial.