Red Pollen on my honeybees?

Red pollen on honeybee

Every March through April the question comes up. “What’s with the red pollen my bees are bringing in?” So I’m writing this post in the hopes that whoever Googles the question will find the answer here. There are several plants that produce red pollen later in the year. But the main plant that produces large amounts of red pollen in spring is purple deadnettle (lamium purpureum). In my area of Pennsylvania, it blooms right after red maple and long before dandelions. Huge blankets of deadnettle grow in farm fields before herbicides are applied, in unmanicured lawns, and along roadsides.

Honeybee on purple deadnettle
Photo by: Levi Collins


Author: brucelovesbees

I keep honey bees in Reading, Bernville, and Fleetwood, PA without treatments. I love to garden and observe Wasps, Bumble bees, and ants. I also raise mealworms for my Eastern Spotted turtle and myself.

2 thoughts on “Red Pollen on my honeybees?”

  1. There’s a lot blooming in TX already, and I purposely planted a plot of red clover for the bees thinking they’d be all over it, but no, not at all. I’ve got no idea where they’re going or what they’re preferring! 😦

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