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Posts Tagged: Calandrinia grandiflora

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
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In the Pink

Pollen-packing honey bee heads toward a rock purslane blossom already occupied by another worker. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees in the pink? Yes. If you plant rock purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora), a perennial succulent, be prepared for a posse of honey bees. Our rock purslane is drawing so many bees that you'd never know there's a declining bee population and...

Pollen-packing honey bee heads toward a rock purslane blossom already occupied by another worker. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Pollen-packing honey bee heads toward a rock purslane blossom already occupied by another worker. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollen-packing honey bee heads toward a rock purslane blossom, already occupied by another worker. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee, packing a gigantic load of red pollen, heads for another rock purslane blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee, packing a gigantic load of red pollen, heads for another rock purslane blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee, packing a gigantic load of red pollen, heads for another rock purslane blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Red-Eye Flight?

Pollen-packing honey bee heading toward a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Unlike airplane pilots, honey bees don't file a flight plan.They know where they're going because their sisters tell them with their waggle dances.  Pollen. Nectar. Propolis. All good.Bees seem to really like the pollen on rock purslane (Calandrinia...

Pollen-packing honey bee heading toward a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Pollen-packing honey bee heading toward a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollen-packing honey bee heading toward a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cleaning her tongue as she flies, a honey bee is on a mission: rock purslane.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Cleaning her tongue as she flies, a honey bee is on a mission: rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cleaning her tongue as she flies, a honey bee is on a mission: rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, May 30, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Guess Who Came to Dinner?

Aphids and Honey Bee

Picture this. A light rainstorm strikes the garden, pummeling and shredding some of the blossoms. As the rain lets up, a honey bee buzzes into a rock purslane blossom for a sweet shot of nectar. She is not alone. If you look closely, you'll see three...

Aphids and Honey Bee
Aphids and Honey Bee

THREE GREEN APHIDS are sucking plant juices from a rock purslane, while a honey bee is sipping nectar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, November 23, 2009 at 6:55 PM

Between a Rock and a...

Sweat Bee

Caught between a rock and a...soft place... You'll often see tiny sweat bees nectaring rock purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora) in urban gardens. This plant, a native of Chile, brightens landscapes with its pinkish magenta blossoms. You probably...

Sweat Bee
Sweat Bee

TINY female sweat bee (Halictus tripartitus) nectaring rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ready to Fly
Ready to Fly

IS IT SAFE? A tiny sweat bee peers from the rock purslane before she takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 6:02 PM

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