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Joe Guirreri

totally black bees collecting pollen in sweet corn

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Joe Guirreri

Have others also seen totally black bees collecting corn pollen? Are these common or not? Do they produce the same type and quality of honey?

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Bret Fisher
20 hours ago, Joe Guirreri said:

Have others also seen totally black bees collecting corn pollen? Are these common or not? Do they produce the same type and quality of honey?

@Joe Guirreri If the bees you are seeing are somewhat large with a shiny abdomen, you may be seeing female carpenter bees collecting pollen from corn. Corn is typically pollinated by the wind, and produces no nectar that honey bees would collect, but a few might visit corn for the pollen. Also, if these are carpenter bees you are seeing, they only consume nectar - they do not produce honey. The pollen they collect is used to feed their young. 

If you could provide a close up photo or two that might help us confirm what kind of bees you are seeing. 

More information at these links and the one at the bottom of this post:

https://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/Carpenter_Bee_Identification_Signs.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpenter_bee

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https://leehoneybee.com/q-what-types-of-bees-do-you-relocate/

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Joe Guirreri

I can't get any images to load here. The circle keeps spinning but I have posted pictures on Facebook at Joseph A Guirreri.

https://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.guirreri

The black bees are just a little bigger than our honey bees but have none of the coloring of most of the carpenters. Not sure if the large black bee that you provided was intended to be too scale. Thank you, Joe

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