Ornithogalum spp. – Star-of-Bethlehem

Botanical Family Asparagaceae

Bloom Time May – July

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 1

Aperture Type Sulcus

Ornamentation Psilate/Granulate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um)

Shape Round

Pollen Color White, cream

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source • •

Nectar Source • •

Salvia officinalis – Common Sage

Botanical Family Lamiaceae

Bloom Time June

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 6

Aperture Type Colpus

Ornamentation Granulate

Tectum Semitectate

Size (um) 

Shape Round

Pollen Color Creamy, White

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source • •

Nectar Source • • •

Pollen Load Identification 

No pollen loads are typically seen on the honey bee foraging on Salvia spp., but there is typically a pollen dusting seen on the bee’s anterior thorax and abdomen.

Sources

Hodges, D. (1952). The pollen loads of the honey bee: a guide to their identification by colour and form. London: Bee Research Assoc. Ltd.

Oxydendrum arboreum – Sourwood

 

Botanical Family Ericaceae

Bloom Time June – July

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Tetrad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Compound

Ornamentation Reticulate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um) 40

Shape Round

Pollen Color Cream, White

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source • •

Nectar Source • • • •

Lobelia cardinalis – Cardinal Flower

Botanical Family Campanulaceae

Bloom Time July – September

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Compound

Ornamentation Echinate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um) 56

Shape Round

Pollen Color Cream, White

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source • •

Nectar Source •

Liriodendron tulipifera – Tulip Tree

Botanical Family Magnoliaceae

Bloom Time May – June

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 1

Aperture Type Sulcate

Ornamentation Perforate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um) 24

Shape Round

Pollen Color Cream, White, Tan

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source • • •

Nectar Source • • • • •

Flower photo contributed by Mount Cuba

Cichorium intybus – Chickory

Botanical Family Asteraceae

Bloom Time May – October

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Compound

Ornamentation Echinate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um) 43

Shape Round

Pollen Color Tan, Light Yellow, Cream

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source

Nectar Source

Pollen Load Identification

Cichorium intybus is typically found on the head and antennae of a forging bee, along with in the pollen basket.

 

 

 

Campsis radicans – Trumpetcreeper

 

Botanical Family Bignoniaceae

Bloom Time July

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Colpus

Ornamentation Granulate/Perforate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um)

Shape Round

Pollen Color Cream, White

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source • • •

Nectar Source • •

Flower photo contributed by Mount Cuba