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On 19/12/2020 at 12:21 PM, Philippa Thomas said:

There are masses of bees in the Titoki at present. Looks like some are gathering pollen but there must be an abundance of nectar to produce such a hum. Does anyone know what sort of honey it produces?

I’m not sure but my guess is equal amounts of nectar and pollen.

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1 hour ago, dansar said:

Perhaps it is a nectar producer?, it isn’t recognised as a pollen source for bees.

http://www.gw.govt.nz/assets/Land-Management/Akura-Infosheet-Plants-to-attract-bees.pdf
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I have seen them on the flowers with cream pollen sacs. 

I think it was December three years ago that I was walking through the bush on a warm day and I could hear the roaring of bees - I thought there must've been a huge swarm, but it was coming from two huge NZ Oaks up above, they were thick with them.  I got my best honey crop that year, of course not just from them.

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16 minutes ago, yesbut said:

I haven't been able to find any references to nectar. have found this though ....

 

Very interested to see that Muehlenbeckia produces nectar for two months - I have always hated the stuff and have never seen a bee on it. 

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On 8/10/2020 at 6:56 AM, Maggie James said:

Looks like there's quite a bit coming in this colour.  I had hoped someone might come in with their opinion as to what it was.  Paul, it might be a good idea to give a bit of a geographic idea as where the hive is, and any other details that might help identify this pollen

check my photo in gallery is it phaecelia? might be spelling badly.

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2 hours ago, Jhah said:

check my photo in gallery is it phaecelia? might be spelling badly.

Your excellent photo looks to me like phaecelia, but here in mid Canterbury, a major seed production area, it doesn't to my knowledge flower until now.  I have been out this afternoon photographing large paddocks of flowering phaecelia.  

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