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 • •

Malva sylvestris – High Mallow

Botanical Family Malvaceae

Bloom Time June – October

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number Inaperturate

Aperture Type N/A

Ornamentation Echinate/Porate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um) 94

Shape Round

Pollen Color White

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source •

Nectar Source •

Pollen Load Identification

No pollen loads are actually seen on the corbicula for Malva spp., but there is typically a lot of pollen dusting on all parts of the honey bee, especially for the nectar gatherers.

 

Impatiens spp. – Jewelweed

Botanical Family Balsaminaceae

Bloom Time June – October

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number Inaperturate

Aperture Type N/A

Ornamentation Granulate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um) 32

Shape Oval

Pollen Color White

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.

Baptisia australis – Blue False Indigo

Botanical Family: Fabaceae

Bloom Time May – June

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Compound

Ornamentation Granulate/Perforate

Tectum Semitectate

Size (um) 

Shape Round

Pollen Color White

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source

Nectar Source

Flower photos contributed by Mount Cuba

Clematis spp. – Old Man’s Beard

Botanical Family Ranunculaceae

Bloom Time June – September

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Colpus

Ornamentation Granulate

Tectum Semitectate

Size (um) 

Shape Round

Pollen Color White

 

 

Mentha spicata – Spearmint

 

Botanical Family Lamiaceae

Bloom Time July – August

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Porate

Ornamentation Psilate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um) 

Shape Round

Pollen Color White

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source • •

Nectar Source • • • •