Getting the Red Out

By Kathy Keatley Garvey (Bug Squad - Happenings in the Insect World) June 4, 2012

"Where do bees get red pollen?" we were asked. "We've seen bees packing blood-red pollen at the entrance to a hive."

Well, one flower that yields red pollen is rock purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora). It's a drought-tolerant perennial, a succulent.

Interestingly enough, the blossom itself is neon pink or magenta, the kind that cyclists wear to be seen. 

Rock purslane attracts its share of honey bees, bumble bees, carpenter bees, leafcutter bees...

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Check out the marvelous inspirational article about Kathy Keatley Garvey in the June 2012 issue of the American Bee Journal. It features more beautiful bee photography by Kathy Keatley Garvey and a walk in her garden.