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A few days back, I posted a picture on Instagram of one of my honeybees. She had a bright red substance on her legs. I was startled in my bee yard and at first I thought, “is she bleeding?” Then I LOL’d because I know bees do not bleed!
Honeybees have little sacs on their legs that pick up pollen when they travel from plant to plant. I’ve seen white pollen, and all shades of yellow pollen, but I have NEVER seen red pollen.
At the time I am writing this post, it is early February in north Alabama. Even thought it has been a relatively mild winter here, it is not unusual to find flowering plants in the south this early in the year.
So what is the source of this red pollen? I asked the question on both Facebook and Instagram. (Side note: if you are not following me, you are missing out on a lot of fun!) A beekeeping friend, and another friend that owns a plant nursery agreed that the source of my pollen was a plant called Red Henbit.
And it just so happens that our farm is covered in Hinbit Deadnettle at the moment. Mystery solved!
Are you interested in beekeeping? If you are thinking about taking the plunge into beekeeping, you may be interested in reading my article “Beekeeping Tools You Need: Advice From A Seasoned Beekeeper“.
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