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Hm… It`s strange that on the same kind of a plant ( I presume) bees have different colors of pollen.
I.e. I see the dark blue pollen ( or black even) on a bell heather on my picture,
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while on yours it`s a “creamy” alike, same as on a ling heather on mine :
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Oh sorry. Yours is not bell heather like mine. I presume yours is Erica heather ( [FONT=&quot]as it has black edging around pestle, visible from outside. While bell heather hasn`t).[/FONT]
 
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Well, this is a first for me!
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On the willow this weekend - is it spring yet?
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Collecting pollen (and nectar?) from Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn'.
 

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currently blue pollen coming in, so put it under a microscope today

looks like siberian squill (Scillia siberica
 

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Pollen ID?

Checked my inspection board after 2 weeks in ( one varroa - woohoo).

Along with loads of cappings and the odd bee leg there were lots of( a few dozen) dropped pollen loads in various shades of mustard and yellow(willow, hazel probably?) - lots of a muddy light green one - which I tentatively identified as goat willow; and one mysterious load of pink - baby's bottom pink at that. Any ideas?
 

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Very interested in this also, didnt even know this thread existed.
Pollen charts are a pain to try and compare to.
The Dorothy Hodges book ‘The Pollen Loads of the Honeybee’ is my reference when in doubt. Published originally in 1952 then again in 1964 and 1974. The great thing about identifying pollen is you have an idea where they are sourcing their loads of both pollen and nectar, which is very important information when you do a great deal of observation at the landing board as well as weekly inspections. 🧐
 

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I have 'The Pollen Loads of the Honeybee' and Rex Sawyer's 'Pollen Identification for Beekeepers'.
My go to reference though is 'Pollen Microscopy' by Norman Chapman. Full of beautifully detailed line drawings of pollen grains together with colour photograghs of the plant it comes from.
 

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Can anyone recommend a book of images of pollen grains. I would love to identify what my bees are bringing back (other than just the colour of the pollen)
This is a useful link, although the images are not all the same size, if I recall correctly.
 

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