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Red pollen, from?


My bees have been returning yesterday & today with lots of bright red almost crimson pollen. Does anyone know what plants it might be from?
I have looked it up on internet but most described as red are a red/brown. will try & get a photo tomorrow. I’d love to know as I’m trying to keep a record of what they are collecting when. I’m fairly confident it’s not from anything growing on my place, so any clues will help. :slight_smile:

Just found this on this site

This is the closest to colour


Wow…lovely. Can’t help as I don’t know much about plants in your area but this might be a time to get yourself a microscope.
I’ve just been on a pollen preparation and identification course and it is a fascinating subject


I’m very jealous, where did you do the course? Will have to see if I can find something like that here. I would love a microscope, had one years ago, but sadly jettisoned in travels. Even better one where I can take images…Birthday/Christmas wish list. :slight_smile:

Just found this too, can anyone ID plant it’s on?


Horse chestnut is red - but in oz with so many natives it could be anything


Makomako (Aristotelia serrata).
Also known as wineberry, grows up to
8 m with reddish bark. The undersurface
of the leaves are reddish brown.
The blossoms produced in September
to December are borne in large panicles,
at first faint rosy-red changing to a deep
claret colour. The blooms are worked
by bees for reddish pollen only during
periods of pollen shortage as the very
light dusty pollen appears to make
little appeal under normal conditions.
Found as far south as Stewart Island.
A light coloured nectar is obtained by the bees.
Spurrey (Spergula


@Dee just found this book, might be of interest

The Pollen Loads of the Honey Bee
Dorothy Hodges


mmm…have been looking at natives, but most are cream to yellow. Horse Chestnut is the one that comes up first in searches & on my list of possibles, would be surprised if that’s what it is.
The [quote=“Valli, post:5, topic:9202”]
Aristotelia serrata

has a very pretty flower form, will add to possible list…thanks



OK Found this - they divide Victoria up by grid Page 50
I’m assuming you are Dandenongs so you ref will be either 96 or 104.

pages 86-83 and 111 -112 are the pollen and nectar trees but does not give colour - thought it may be useful


OK a rare find http://www.spiffa.org/uploads/2/6/7/5/2675656/cu31924003448655.pdf
Cornell University library has a book called “Honey Flora of Victoria” free to download




thanks Valli, I actually have it, but had forgotten about it…will have a look in the morning. kind of you to look up specific refs pages too
EUCLID ref is a good one as well :slight_smile:


try this if you know the tree?


Any chance you can find similar for WA? :smile:


there are so few resources for Australian Pollen - I will search


try this http://www.honeybee.com.au/Library/Pollenindex.html



This page has a local list of contacts - perhaps they can help?


Bingo - http://www.saxonbee.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/pollen-brochure.pdf

there is a WA contact at the end




@valli great links. Thanks.