Pine trees

Pinus spp

Pine trees, such as radiata or slash pine, will yield large volumes of wind-blown pollen. This occurs in late August and early September.

The pollen is a soft yellow in colour and the bees may collect large volumes and store it in the brood combs.

It is very poor quality pollen with a crude protein level of only 7% to 8%. It may stimulate the bees to breed for a short time only. The hives will not respond satisfactorily if pine pollen is the only pollen available.

Pine pollen seen under the microscope (X400)

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