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Jed & Kathy Williams have developed a farmer-direct pollination unit called the Backyard Pollinator. Leafcutter bees are friendly, efficient & fun!

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

6 days 13 hours ago

Happy Canada Day, eh?

July 1st is often a great day to putting our hatched bees into the alfalfa fields. Last year Jed and I even dressed for the occasion!

The 2020 season is late, it's been a cool spring and our alfalfa crops are not yet in full blossom. The bees can't fly until they have lots of flowers to collect pollen & nectar from.

And we've had RAIN, wonderful rain, so for this Canada Day we'll relax, mow grass, buy some fireworks from Kellys Sunny and celebrate living in this great nation of Canada.

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

1 week 3 hours ago

Sounds like my life right now, trying to be outside as much as possible, garden (and weeds) growing like crazy, have 60 million bees to get into our alfalfa fields in the next week, three active kids who create dirty laundry & dishes all day long, trying to do bookkeeping, answering phone calls/emails from customers wondering why their bees aren't hatching yet (hasn't been consistently warm enough yet this spring), etc, etc!

But above all, trying to stay focused on the fact that our family is well and happy and we work together to accomplish the jobs that need doing on our farm each day.

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

1 week 1 day ago

Sometimes the guys find interesting things like baby robins inside the blue huts. The huts provide a warm and dry haven for other creatures besides bees.

Photos by Migginsphoto

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

1 week 2 days ago

Jed's "beloved" Freightliner truck needed an engine overhaul. We were glad the truck lasted the seed delivery season but that repair put us behind with getting the 4,500 nesting blocks units to the field. We're only a few days off taking our hatched leafcutter bees out to begin pollination, so it's been a busy couple weeks of loading & unloading the styrofoam nesting blocks.

Each unit is two styrofoam nesting blocks fastened together back to back with cloth between. If there was no cloth the bees would not "stop" in the tunnels to lay their babies. In the spring the blocks are empty and relatively light.

With 9,000 blocks and each of those having 3,600 tunnels, there is 8,100,000 feet of nesting tunnels for our bees. Or that's 2,613 km of tunnels! Here's hoping for a hot summer for leafcutter bee production and alfalfa seed pollination.

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

1 week 2 days ago

Leafcutter Bee larvae are slowly metamorphosis into adulthood. These bees thrive in the summer months, so please bee patient. They will hatch out when they are ready!! 🐝🐝
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Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

1 week 3 days ago

Leafcutter Bee larvae are slowly metamorphosis into adulthood. These bees thrive in the summer months, so please bee patient. They will hatch out when they are ready!! 🐝🐝
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#leafcutterbees #leafcutter #bee #bees #larve #megachile #beesofinstagram #pollinators #cocoon #beekeeping #pollinators #superpollinators #garden #wildlife #incubation #imperialsaskatchewan #saskatchewan #metamorphosis #saskatchewanfarmers #alfalfa

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

1 week 3 days ago

Leafcutter Bee larvae are slowly metamorphosis into adulthood. These bees thrive in the summer months, so please bee patient. They will hatch out when they are ready!! 🐝🐝
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#leafcutterbees #leafcutter #bee #bees #larve #megachile #beesofinstagram #pollinators #cocoon #beekeeping #pollinators #superpollinators #garden #wildlife #incubation #imperialsaskatchewan #saskatchewan #metamorphosis #saskatchewanfarmers #alfalfa

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

1 week 3 days ago

We get lots of questions about woodpeckers and the damage that these birds can cause to the nesting blocks inside your Bee Barn. Numerous customers have built their own screen which will protect their nesting block & larvae from this kind of damage.

It has been our experience that woodpeckers and magpies tend to go after the larvae in the early fall. But they can destroy the styrofoam block in a very short time, so if you've been proactive and put your screen up already, then you won't have to worry about this problem at the end of summer.

Have a wonderful week-end everybody!!

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

1 week 4 days ago

A lovely note from a customer which says:

"Our bees have finally made it outside. We wanted to give them some added protection because we don’t have a good spot to put them under an eave and we do sometimes get woodpeckers. We have had leafcutter bees visiting our yard for years so hopefully it will be a good environment for these guys when they emerge. I have really been enjoying your Facebook page and learning about the bees and all the hard work you do. Thank you! Can’t wait to meet the bees!"

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

1 week 4 days ago

This is the view from our office this week. It's been a warm week for putting the nesting blocks into the huts. Thanks to Mark Higgins and our boys Jody & Miles for doing this job. Jed is busy trimming the alfalfa plants inside the huts to make it easier to work and to keep small rodents like mice from crawling up the plants to chew on the nesting blocks.

Photo credits: Migginsphoto


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