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Sweetums sent me a sample of his honey.
It reminded me of Borage honey as it was clear runny and sweet.
I later found out there was Borage in the vicinity of Sweetums apiary.

How did I come to an answer for the individual pollen grains
Size is important and was noted down.
Shape - all pollen grains with the particular shape were grouped.
Study of the exine - those that did not fit were out.
Using my publications and internet acess I was able to condense it down to two or three final grains.
Then made my choice.

Please remember this is a hooby of mine and I could be wrong.

Here's what I found!!!!!!!!!

When you finish this lot then please read on>>>>>>>>>
 

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Here's the last lot.

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Bcrazy I think you did a fantastic job in the circumstances.

I am not suprised you have failed to identify a few.
Did Sweetums explain the possition of his Apiary to you?
 

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Many Thanks Bcrazy, i really appreciate your efforts.

Pretty much, the hives are on a pick your own farm, and also face a garden centre container unit, so available forage is immense.
However its slightly amusing that the bees may be ignoring all this for further sources.
 

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Brilliant work Bcrazy, ever thought of going into forensic science?:) Out of interest how long did it take you to arrive at your conclusions?
Regards Mike
 

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It took me about 7 days from start to finish, as the number of pollen grains that are similar are quite a few, so its a case of gradual elimination.

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Hi Mo

You say it took 7 days for Sweetums sample, is that longer than normal due to his unusual apiary site?n (Interflora:))

Jim
 

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Hi Jim
I think the main reason it took so long was because I spent a lot of time trying to find some of the pollen grains, possibly from flowers that I had not come across before.
Once I made up 6 slides and examined them I had to photograph them twice, one for measurement, and one for detail.
Then its a case of deduction from about half a dozen or so different pollen grains to come to a definite conclusion.
That sample is the sample that has had the most different types of pollen grains I have ever come across in any one go. Amazing.
The more grains to identify the longer the process Jim.

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