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russw 

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I've just been checking on the bees.
There seems to be quite a number of them coming in and out with white strips on the back of their heads.
I fairly certain that it's pollen.

Can anybody tell me (or have a guess) at what type it is?
 

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its himalayan balsam,grows near streams and rivers. its not a native plant and the envoiromentalists hate it as it out competes the natrual plants, but the bees go mad for it.
 

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Yes. Do not phone your regional Bee Inspector and and claim that your bees have some unusual type of fungal disease.
 

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Ours are all coming in looking like they've been dredged with flour! Especially this week. Definitely Himalayan balsam. It makes good honey, we're told...
 

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The white stripe is actually a membership badge for a quasi political group.

Known as the "Pernicious Plant Propagation Party"

Quasi means that it's a bit jelly like, just like the main protagonists that seek or hold power.
 

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Why dont beginners' courses tell new beeks about this.

My main crop is balsam and it tastes fantatsic
 

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If conservationists had their way there would be no balsam here. But for beekeepers ... I wish someone would drop a few seeds near my river
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I know the seeds are often spread by water, but I guess wind has a part to play in seed dispersal as well. You get HB in the most unlikely places.
 

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Have you ever touched the seed pod of HB ? it explodes and all the seeds shoot out, I tried to collect some last year and the only way of collecting them is to turn the tops over and put them in a cup or crisp packet, I cant for enviromental reasons tell you what I done with them but I think it is a better looking plant than jap knot weed
 

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