• Pollen Program

    Date: 2012.05.18 | Category: General | Tags:

    Bee with pollen saddlebag. Photo from keeping-honey-bees.comThank you Virginia Webb!  We really appreciate your dynamic presentation and the opportunity to meet you and learn about pollen.

    If you are a member, and did not attend the meeting, you missed out… and we talked about you.  Well, maybe we didn’t talk about you per se… but we did talk about varroa mites…  ha ha

    A very educational evening it was, indeed.  I can now correctly answer the question asked in the last post, which was, “What is the difference between bee pollen and regular plant pollen?”  Well, the pollen you see floating in the air in the Spring is mostly pollen from one source.  Here in the Chattahoochee Valley, Spring pollen season is made up mostly of Pine pollen.  Plant pollen is defined as the individual tiny particles and so the airborn pollen is a large quantity of pollen, but really only from a few different plants.  On a bee, when they pack on the pollen, they have literally visited 200 – 500 different blossoms from numerous different plant sources.  This pollen is carried on their back legs back to the hive, but has not been altered… yet.  It has only been collected and sort-of compressed into a comparatively enormous bundle of tiny pollen particles.  So, bee pollen, is actually concentrated, diversified plant pollen.  Remember, bee pollen is still bee pollen when it is collected by the beekeeper “at the door” of the hive, straight from the field into the pollen trap.  Once bee pollen is taken into the hive, it is changed into things like bee bread or propolis, which are completely different, and another discussion entirely.

    For everyone’s benefit, Virginia demonstrated several types of pollen traps and also ran a batch of pollen through her pollen cleaner.  She discussed several benefits from eating bee pollen and everyone was eager to give it a try.  Samples to taste were passed around, and a few lucky winners were allowed to keep the remainder of the batch.  Thank you, Virginia, for travelling the distance and for your willingness to share information and encouragement.