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!
At the beautiful Tall Timbers Lodge in the rainforest at the edge of the Tarkine Wilderness. Learning about Tasmanian Manuka honey and will be presenting on hygienic behaviour.