Aesculus flava – Yellow Buckeye

Botanical Family Sapindaceae

Bloom Time March – June

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Compound

Ornamentation Clavate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um)

Shape Round

Pollen Color 

Honey Bee Resource

Pollen Source

Nectar Source

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.

Resources

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

Flower photos contributed by Mount Cuba

Acer rubrum – Red Maple

Botanical Family Sapindaceae

Bloom Time February–May

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Compound

Ornamentation Granulate/Perforate

Tectum Semitectate

Size (um)

Shape  Round

Pollen Color Gray-Brown, Yellow

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source • • •

Nectar Source • • •

The honey made from Acer is typically pale amber. Acer trees are important for early brood rearing.

Source

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

Acer platanoides – Norway Maple

 

 

Botanical Family Sapindaceae

Bloom Time February – May

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Colpus

Ornamentation  Granulate/Perforate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um) 32

Shape Round

Pollen Color Brown, dark brown, olive

Honey Bee Resource

Pollen Resource • •

Nectar Resource • • •

The honey from Acer is typically pale amber in color. Maples are important to honey bees for early brood rearing.

Sources

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

Acer negundo – Boxelder Maple

 

Botanical Family Sapindaceae

Bloom Time February – May

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Compound

Ornamentation Granulate/Perforate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um)

Shape Round

Pollen Color Greenish Tan, light olive

Honey Bee Resource

Pollen Source • • • 

Nectar Source N/A

The honey made from Acer is typically pale amber in color. Maple trees are important to honey bees for early brood rearing.

Pollen Load Identification 

The pollen load for Acer negundo is typically large, and pollen collection causes pollen dusting on the honey bee’s head and antennae, and the posterior of the 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.

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

Full Acer negundo tree photo contributed by Mount Cuba