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A Dazzling Display of Red Pollen

A honey bee packing red pollen stops to sip from nectar from Spanish lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Some folks worry about "getting the red out." How about "getting the red in?" Have you ever seen a honey bee packing white, pink, blue, lavender, yellow, orange or red pollen? Have you ever seen the colorful diversity of pollen grains gracing their...

A honey bee packing red pollen stops to sip from nectar from Spanish lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee packing red pollen stops to sip from nectar from Spanish lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee packing red pollen stops to sip from nectar from Spanish lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee adjusting her load of red pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee adjusting her load of red pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee adjusting her load of red pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 9:17 AM

A Day to Wear Red

Seeing red...a honey bee packing red pollen heads for lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you're around the UC Davis campus on Friday, Feb. 5, be sure to wear red. Faculty, staff and students--and everyone else interested--will take over Hutchison Field, UC Davis campus, on Friday for the third annual UC Davis Wears Red Day. It's meant...

Seeing red...a honey bee packing red pollen heads for lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Seeing red...a honey bee packing red pollen heads for lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Seeing red...a honey bee packing red pollen heads for lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 6:58 PM

Seeing Red: Holiday Red

Honey bee with red pollen (from neighboring rock purslane) sipping nectar from lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as "red pollen." Like people, pollen comes in many colors and all are beautiful. All. The floral source determines the color of the pollen. Just as nectar is a carbohydrate source, pollen is a protein source....

Honey bee with red pollen (from neighboring rock purslane) sipping nectar from lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee with red pollen (from neighboring rock purslane) sipping nectar from lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee with red pollen (from neighboring rock purslane) sipping nectar from lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee, packing red pollen, returning to a rock purslane blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee, packing red pollen, returning to a rock purslane blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee, packing red pollen, returning to a rock purslane blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 10:07 AM
Tags: honey bee (197), lavender (28), Merry Christmas (2), red pollen (6), rock purslane (18)

Hurrah for the Red, White and Blue!

Honey bee packing red pollen from a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's the Fourth of July--a time to celebrate our nation's Independence Day. Hurrah for the red, white and blue! That also covers red, white and blue pollen collected by our honey bees. If you look closely, you'll see their "patriotic" colors. "The...

Honey bee packing red pollen from a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee packing red pollen from a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee packing red pollen from a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of white pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of white pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of white pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Blue pollen from a bird's eye blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Blue pollen from a bird's eye blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Blue pollen from a bird's eye blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 8:12 AM
Tags: blue pollen (3), Fourth of July (5), Norm Gary (24), pollen (27), red pollen (6), white pollen (1)

Getting the Red Out

Honey bee packing red pollen from rockpurslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"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...

Honey bee packing red pollen from rockpurslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee packing red pollen from rockpurslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee packing red pollen from rockpurslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee heading toward rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee heading toward rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee heading toward rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, June 4, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture

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