The pride of any apiarist–bees returning to the hive laden with pollen from the local flora. It is this transfer of pollen that allows bees to pollinate our gardens, crops and wild flora. It is also a key source of protein for the bees and their young.
Look closely and you’ll see that each bee brings with it clues about where it’s been-what flowers it has visited. Each flower has its own unique pollen color, and pairing that with the time of year we can better understand where our bees have been. Light yellow pollen in March or April is likely from maple, while a light olive green that same month is from the crab apples. In June we’ll be looking for the light gray pollen of blackberries.