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Offline NJClydeDriver

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Black Pollen?
« on: August 24, 2011, 08:40:16 PM »
 :? I live in North Jersey and during an inspection today, found assorted pockets of black pollen about 1/4 full in cells.  It is next to other regular yellow pollen that is also about 1/4-1/3 full.  There in non that is compleatly full in a cell that is black so I wonder what might be giving off this color or is something happening in the hive itself... I scraped a cell thinking it wasnt pollen but for the life of me it looks like it is a very dark/black pollen.  Any Ideas?  I saw Mr Bush did say there is pollen that dark...Any other Northern climate beeks that have a guess?
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John     
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Offline yockey5

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Re: Black Pollen?
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2011, 09:13:51 PM »
I have seen in my hive a lot of pollen and many different colors ranging from black to reds, orange, yellows, grey, etc. Nothing to worry over.

Offline NJClydeDriver

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Re: Black Pollen?
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2011, 11:03:03 PM »
cool...had me a little worried and thinkin something went wrong because we always see the oranges and reds and yellows that are popular, thanks for the reply yockey
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Offline Lone

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Re: Black Pollen?
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2011, 11:13:52 PM »
Hello NJClydeDriver,

This is an interesting reference.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollen_source

Lone

Offline Michael Bush

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Re: Black Pollen?
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2011, 12:10:06 AM »
I've seen some ornamental flowers with black pollen.  Can't remember if they were tulips, poppies or what...
Michael Bush
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Offline SerenaSYH

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Re: Black Pollen?
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2011, 03:54:15 AM »
Whoo-hoo! some more new ultimate coolness of honeybee facts I am learning! Thanks folks!!!!

 

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