I frequently come across bees covered in a white dust when they are visiting balsam. am I to take it that this is pollen or a fungal infection?
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It is the Himalayan balsam pollen. You see white wasps as well.
And this is a wasp and not a honey bee. Check the folding of the wings!!
Please add the tag: Balsam Bees (remember, tags are case sensitive and the tag Balsam Bee (no -s) won't work.
Longworth Traps or The Bryophyte Club!
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Yes, can completely see the logic of trying to tag all these now under "Balsam Bees". Fascinating stuff.
Lat/Lng: 53.67759, -2.47197
OS grid ref: SD689202
On plants close to woodland.