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Hi, I collect propolis and most of it is usually red / golden colour.    And then I get some black looking propolis which doesn’t look great but I know it’s fresh as I change my mats on a regular basis.    Does anyone know what trees/plants produce it?    Most of my hives are in urban location. Cheers.

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I have a coastal site where nearly every hive would fill propolis mats about 2 thirds full of very black propolis , would happen within approx 3 weeks around October, About 150 meters away on an

Probably tar off the road.

I don't know why colour matters, but remember Russell Berry speaking at a Bee event saying Arataki buy at different rates, according to colour. 

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Hahaha.....it Better not bee.......never seen bees working tar on the roads.   You mean no one else gets black propolis on their prop mats?  I know I get black pollen from poppies.........but curious to know where the black prop comes from.  

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I have a coastal site where nearly every hive would fill propolis mats about 2 thirds full of very black propolis , would happen within approx 3 weeks around October,

About 150 meters away on an old house site there was a large flax like plant that would send up a massive flower spike between 5 and 8 meters high depending on the season , when this flower spike was growing was when the black propolis was collected, I have not seen the flower spike nor any black propolis for the last three years,I think maybe the plant has died. 

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Hey thanks for the comments.....never seen blue or green prop before.   

 

On 3/11/2018 at 7:33 AM, Sailabee said:

Don't know about black, but I think that green propolis is worth more than orange if sending to Arataki - colour does matter.

 

Why does colour matter?  When you get propolis tincture it is always that dark iodine colour .

 

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