|Pollen covered beauty!|
Pollen for honey bees is the staff of life. It signals the beginning of brood rearing. Brood is the tech talk for laying eggs and the feeding of the growing pupae in the hive. It is a very exciting time for those of us that love the bees.
If you look around your yard you may not recognize those plants that are in bloom and giving this precious material to the honeybee. Trees as well as flowers provide pollen and it comes in many beautiful colors! Look out at the Maple, those beautiful red buds are full of pollen. Below is a list from Wiki
Pollen is part of the cycle of life that intertwines us all. The beginning of regeneration in the Spring gives the bees their source of life. We must then care for these plants as well as the bees. They can not be considered separately! Lawn care is big business in this country. Consider the methods that the average American uses for lawn care. Even garden clubs find it acceptable practice to use pesticides to maintain their flowerbeds and yards. This is not conducive to the survival of the honeybee or any of our wondrous pollinators. If you eat honey, pollen, propolis or any of the products of the hive you may be ingesting residues of those pesticides. This is not due to the beekeepers but the American love affair with "better living through chemistry". What you do in your yard MATTERS!We do not use chemicals in our hives. We believe this harms rather than helps the girls in the long run. It is a choice not all beekeepers make. It is one that we make on a number of levels.
- Our first priority is our family, I would not want to feed honey to my children if I used chemicals in the hive.
- Honeybees would not do this in nature
- It can be harmful just in their application to the beekeeper
- Studies have shown Pests adapt, get worse not less
Trees and shrubs - Spring
|Common name||Latin name||Blooming months||Pollen color||Availability||Source for honeybees|
|Maple||Acer spp.||Feb - Apr||light yellow||feral||fair|
|Manitoba Maple (Box elder)||Acer negundo||Feb - Apr||light olive||feral||good|
|Norway maple||Acer platanoides||Apr - May||yellow green, olive||feral||fair|
|Red Maple||Acer rubrum||Mar - Apr||grey brown||feral|
|Grey Alder||Alnus incana||Feb - Apr||brownish yellow||feral|
|American Chestnut||Castanea dentata||May - Jun||mostly ornamental|
|Sweet Chestnut||Castanea sativa||May||feral||good|
|Common Hackberry||Celtis occidentalis||Apr - May||feral|
|Flowering Quince||Chaenomeles japonica, Chaenomeles lagenaria, Chaenomeles speciosa 'Nivalis', Chaenomeles x superba||Apr - May||feral||good|
|American Hazel||Corylus americana||Mar - Apr||light green||feral and ornamental||fair/good|
|Hawthorn||Crataegus spp.||Apr - May||yellow brown||feral||fair|