October Pollen

Whenever the bees have a chance to do anything that contributes to the survival of the colony, they do it, even if it kills them. After a week of not doing much of anything in freezing cold weather, the bees came pouring out of hives this morning, many of them coming back loaded down with pollen.

Bees brining in pollen (Oct. 10, 2011).

I don’t know where they found the pollen, but I’m impressed. Here’s a cropped-in grainy shot:

Bees brining in pollen (Oct. 10, 2011).

It looked as if the bees were shutting down for winter, but give them some early morning sunshine and temperatures hovering a little over 10°C (50°F), and away they go, making the most of what little warm temperatures are left in this year. And where is all this pollen coming from? A late-blooming field of Goldenrod must be close by. I don’t know.

October 13th, 2011: I still see plenty of these around. It’s like a cross between goldenrod and dandelion. The bees must have discovered a field of it somewhere.

Late season pollen source. (Oct. 13, 2011.)

The bees are stuck in their hives most of the time now. It’s cold.

6 thoughts on “October Pollen

  1. It’s those little yellow flowers that almost look like dandelions. they are taller and thinner than dandelions.

    I don’t know what they are called though.

  2. You are both correct. It’s the yellow/orange variety that I am seeing rather than the redish type.

    It was amazing to see how much pollen was coming in on Sunday with the warm temperatures. There was also white pollen and a beige/light tan color pollen.

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