Packing the Red Pollen

Ever seen a honey bee packing red pollen? 

Rock purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora) is one flower that yields red pollen. 

It's a drought-tolerant perennial, a succulent. But the most striking part is its color: a neon pink that could stop traffic.

Other flowers that yield red pollen include henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) and horse chestnut (Aesulus hippocastanum).

Bees collect pollen as a protein source to rear their brood. If you're a beekeeper, you've probably seen the red pollen in your frames and asked "Where did that red come from?"

Some of it may have come from a nearby rock purslane.