Pollen Up Close

These are some scanning electron micrographs we I took of bee collected pollen.  The first three pictures are from a  load of “yellow” pollen from some Eucalyptus species and last three are from a load of “orange” pollen of uncertain origin.  The next step is to collect pollen directly from plants to make a reference collection.  We can then compare the bee collect pollen against the reference collection to get a more solid idea of what the bees are actually foraging on!

YELLOW.4 YELLOW.3 YELLOW.2 ORANGE.7 ORANGE.3 ORANGE.4