Botanical Family Hippocastanaceae
Bloom Time March – June
Dispersal Unit Monad
Aperture Number 3
Aperture Type Compound
Honey Bee Resources
Pollen Load Identification
The pollen of Aesculus spp. is known to cause a lot of dusting on the body of the foraging bee. Typically, the Aesculus spp. pollen creates a dusting on the posterior thorax, and the posterior and anterior abdomen of the foraging bee. Pollen has also been noted on the wings of bees visiting Aesculus for nectar instead of pollen.
Hodges, D. (1952). The pollen loads of the honey bee: a guide to their identification by colour and form. London: Bee Research Assoc. Ltd.
Flower photos contributed by Mount Cuba