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Author Topic: Do bees gather pollen and nectar from pine trees and oak ?  (Read 8212 times)
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« on: July 30, 2009, 08:33:23 PM »

Do bees gather pollen and nectar from pine trees and oak ?
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2009, 09:02:50 PM »

Pine----no!!! Oak---I don't think so.  They may gather pine but of no value. Some say they will gather sawdust if nothing else around.

If they got anything from pine I would be in hog heaven grin!!!
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2009, 12:05:39 AM »

Pine----no!!! Oak---I don't think so.  They may gather pine but of no value. Some say they will gather sawdust if nothing else around.

If they got anything from pine I would be in hog heaven grin!!!

I know in the spring the pollen is very heavy on the ground from these trees,I would think they would use  it.
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2009, 02:25:44 AM »

If memory serves me correct, I read they will only use pine pollen if they have nothing else and that it is of poor nutritional value to them.  Dont recall Oak.

Why do you ask?  I think oak are long gone and saw pollen blowing from pine along time ago.  Although there are lots of varieties of Pine.
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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2009, 09:54:21 AM »

Do bees gather pollen and nectar from pine trees and oak ?

There's a Wiki article that may be of use to you if you search "pollen source" which, at this time, I do not have forum rights to post.

I can say from firsthand observation, they do use Red Oak ... but that's in Early May in Wisconsin.

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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2009, 11:35:32 AM »

If memory serves me correct, I read they will only use pine pollen if they have nothing else and that it is of poor nutritional value to them.  Dont recall Oak.

Why do you ask?  I think oak are long gone and saw pollen blowing from pine along time ago.  Although there are lots of varieties of Pine.

Yes,the pollen of pines and oak was in the spring but the national forest is all around us with mostly pines and alot of oaks all around us.
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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2009, 01:04:25 PM »

Oak is a good source of honeydew.  That might not be to your liking, though. rolleyes

Honeydew=aphid secretions.  Supposedly dark, strong flavored honey.
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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2009, 01:13:13 PM »

If pine was of any value, my bees would always bee pollen hyped up grin! Most all the farm land around has been planted in pine. And I am also near a huge National forest.

Not to mention the ones left in my yard after I had about 20 saw timber size removed (beetles and afraid they may fall on house). My porch house and cars look yellow when the pine has tasseled Wink.

It could be a matter of choice to the bees, not to use the pine?

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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2009, 03:05:06 PM »

Yes, I live on the lake a short way from sc-bee, and in the spring, with the scads & scads of pines in the area the pine pollen leaves a thick greenish yellow scum on the surface of the lake. It sure would be nice if the bees liked it.
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« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2009, 12:35:33 AM »

The most common thing that bees use from pine trees is propolis.  The get propolis from most any evergreen or deciduous tree.
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« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2009, 08:18:04 AM »

~Good info Brian ----- never thought of the bees using pine sap.
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« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2009, 08:25:49 AM »

I've seen bees visit pine trees for the sap to make propolis. Can't say I've ever seen them visit oaks.


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