Liatris spicata – Blazing Star

Botanical Family Asteraceae

Bloom Time July – August

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Compound

Ornamentation Echinate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um) 26

Shape Round

Pollen Color Light Yellow, Yellow, Tan

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source •

Nectar Source •

Flower photo contributed by Mount Cuba

Vinca minor – Common Periwinkle

Botanical Family Apocynaceae

Bloom Time May – June

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 1

Aperture Type Sulcus

Ornamentation Granulate/Perforate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um)

Shape Oval

Pollen Color Tan, Light Yellow, White

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source •

Nectar Source • •

Rubus idaeus – Raspberry

Botanical Family Rosaceae

Bloom Time April – May

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Compound

Ornamentation Granulate/Perforate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um) 

Shape Round

Pollen Color Yellow, grey

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source • •

Nectar Source • • • •

Honey from raspberries has a delicate flavor.

Source

Lindtner, Peter (2014). Garden Plants for Honey Bees. Wicwas Press, LLC., Kalamazoo, MI.

 

 

Lonicera japonica – Japanese Honeysuckle

Botanical Family Caprifoliaceae

Bloom Time September – October

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit  Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Compound

Ornamentation Echinate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um) 69

Shape Round

Pollen Color Yellow, Light Yellow

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source • •

Nectar Source • •

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.

 

 

 

Betula pendula – Silver Birch

Botanical Family Betulaceae

Bloom Time February

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Compound

Ornamentation Granulate/Perforate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um)

Shape Round

Pollen Color Yellow, Green

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source •

Nectar Source N/A

Cornus mas – Cherry Dogwood

Botanical Family Cornaceae

Bloom Time March

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Compound

Ornamentation Psilate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um)

Shape Round

Pollen Color  Tan, light yellow

Honey Bee Resource

Pollen Source • •

Nectar Source • •