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  1. #1
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    Default mysterious red pollen!!

    noticed my bees are bringing in a dark red , almost dark pink pollen.
    i'm in the pacific northwest - any idea what this could be?

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    Default Re: mysterious red pollen!!

    I also have noticed the bees bringing in this pollen. I am located in Vancouver BC Canada. I haven't discovered the source but would love to know too.
    Here is a link to pollen sources via wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollen_source

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    Default Re: mysterious red pollen!!

    I was just wondering this too, but I'm in Florida. My girls are bringing in something that is bright crimson red.

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    Default Re: mysterious red pollen!!

    My bees will collect red pollen from the Horse chesnut. It is in the same family as the buckeye, although not poisonous.

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    Default Re: mysterious red pollen!!

    there is a plant called 'Henbit' which looks like it could be a source; however its not very good for bees i.e. the pollen is hard to get to, but evidently it is possible!
    Henbit ranges throughout much of North America and blooms in spring and summer
    thanks for the link to wikipedia

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    Default Re: mysterious red pollen!!

    Poppy can be crazy red;dunno if you have many there but they're a popular ornamental here.
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    Default Re: mysterious red pollen!!

    ha poppys wont bloom in the weather we've been having out here! like what would, in 50 degree temps and rain every single day??

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    Default Re: mysterious red pollen!!

    its the horse chestnut - i see it every spring - its rather greasy looking pollen - very cool to see it - someone probably has one in their back yard
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  9. #9
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    Default Re: mysterious red pollen!!

    Horse chestnut it is. Behind the hive location is a huge one and there is a park down the street with a few more that i know of within a few blocks of here
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  10. #10
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    Default Re: mysterious red pollen!!

    Dead nettle, which is usually mistakenly ID'd as henbit produces red pollen. My girls love it as it will bloom even in Winter around here sometimes. Early Spring when not much else is available for forage I see them wearing their thigh high red boots alot

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