There’s pollen and then there’s the colour of pollen


Two pages from a Swedish guide to pollen colour; underneath the Swedish name is the botanical designation.

23 May 2016

The chairman of our local beekeeping association, Nisse Blomberg, send me two very interesting illustrations the other day: a colour guide to pollen found in Sweden. This is how I finally worked out how the very vivid orange with which I sometimes see our bees flying into the hive in spring is from dandelions (number 8 on the list).

The illustrations have the names in Swedish but also list the botanical versions so it shouldn’t be too hard to find the equivalent in whichever langage you are most comfortable with.

We are already finding a (now less) bewildering amount of pollen colours in our hives. Have fun identifying the pollen sources in your own colonies!


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