Nepeta subsessilis – Nepeta

Botanical Family Lamiaceae

Bloom Time May – September

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 1

Aperture Type Sulcus

Ornamentation Perforate/Psilate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um) 

Shape Oval

Pollen Color

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source

Nectar Source

Monarda didyma – Scarlet Bee Balm

Botanical Family Lamiaceae

Bloom Time July – August

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 6

Aperture Type Colpus

Ornamentation Reticulate

Tectum Semitectate

Size (um) 60

Shape Round 

Pollen Color White

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source •

Nectar Source • •

Monarda citriodora – Lemon Bee Balm

Botanical Family Lamiaceae

Bloom Time May – August

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 6

Aperture Type Colpus

Ornamentation Reticulate

Tectum Semitectate

Size (um) 70

Shape Round 

Pollen Color White

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source •

Nectar Source •

Flower photo contributed by Mount Cuba

 

Monarda punctata – Spotted Bee Balm

Botanical Family Lamiaceae

Bloom Time June – September

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 6

Aperture Type Colpus

Ornamentation Reticulate

Tectum Semitectate

Size (um) 43

Shape Round 

Pollen Color 

Honey Bee Resource

Pollen Source

Nectar Source

Lamium purpureum – Purple Deadnettle

Botanical Family Lamiaceae

Bloom Time May – November

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Mircoreticulate

Ornamentation Granulate/Perforate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um) 31

Shape Triangular

Pollen Color Orange, Red

Pollen Load Identification 

Honey bee foragers collecting Lamium purpureum will typically also have a pollen dusting on their head and antennae.

Lamium spp. are valuable for brood building. All members of the mint family are attractive to bees.

Source

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

Sammataro, D. and Harman, A. (2013). “Major Flowers Important to Honey Bees in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States”. AlphaGraphics, Tucson, AZ.

Lamium amplexicaule – Henbit Deadnettle

Botanical Family Lamiaceae

Bloom Time March – November

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Colpate

Ornamentation Granulate/Perforate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um) 31

Shape Round

Pollen Color 

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source

Nectar Source

Glechoma hederacea–Ground-Ivy

 

Botanical Family Lamiaceae

Bloom Time March – July

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 6

Aperture Type colpus

Ornamentation mircoreticulate

Tectum Semi-tectate

Size (um) 44

Shape Round 

Coryopteris clandonensis–Bluebeard

 

Botanical Family Lamiaceae

Bloom Time July-September

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Colpus

Ornamentation Granulate/Perforate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um)

Shape Round

Pollen Color