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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

1 hour 21 minutes ago

Release the bees 🐝🐝🐝

Busy Bees 🐝🐝🐝
Leafcutter bees being released from our hatch and release bags. Next year we will be pre incubating these bags after a few issues we experienced this year. But this is how they should emerge.
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Backyard Pollinator

17 hours 11 minutes ago

Busy Bees 🐝🐝🐝
Leafcutter bees just love these hot sunny days, not so much the windy ones.
You can see at the end of this video the bees have certainly been busy, capping off all the holes in our nesting blocks.
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Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

1 day 3 hours ago

**Backyard Pollinator Hack**

Earlier in July we got a message from a customer who said:
"Our bee house is filling up fast! And the bees are looking for more space! They are investigating spaces along the deck ceiling, so they may be getting desperate!"

These folks got another empty nesting block and the bees went right to work filling up the second one.

We've added an "Empty Nesting Block" to our Store. It your nesting block is really full and you think the bees are still looking for places to put babies, this might be a good option. Or for next spring if your current nesting block is already full, an empty nesting block will give the hatching bees a place to put their babies.

Check it out here: backyardpollinator.com/product/small-nesting-block-empty-no-larvae/

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

2 days 2 hours ago

We have a full nesting block! This cedar barn was hung on the east side of our house fairly early, the Pollinators on our North side have only just begun to see bee action and the south side nesting block tunnels are about 1/2 capped off.

So what's going on behind those bright, green leaf caps? Immediately upon hatching male bees mate with the females who then go to work making cocoons for next year's crop of bees. The mama bees get busy collecting pollen & nectar, mixing it into a paste called "bee bread". She lays an egg and that cocoon is finished and sealed off. There can be 5-7 cocoons in each nesting tunnel behind the cap.

As the egg develops into a larvae it consumes the nectar & pollen mixture, then spins a silk cocoon and enters dormancy as the fall temperatures begin to cool. The female babies are at the back of the nesting tunnel, males are at the front. This facilitates the males hatching first in the spring, ready for their mating duties.

So although it may seem like your full nesting block has gotten quiet, with no more bee action around it, there is lots going on behind the scenes. Babies are developing and growing, getting ready for their long winter's sleep.

We hope you're seeing similar results with your Backyard Pollinators this summer!

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

3 days 1 hour ago

Sometimes it's good to look back and see how far we've come with our Backyard Pollinator business. Although we've added Bee Barns to our product line, the original nesting block with larvae inside is still the same. We take nesting blocks full of bees straight from the fields on our farm and bring those same pollinator bees to your backyard (after some cutting, stamping and packaging).

Thanks for coming along with us over the past 3 years. We're already making plans for some new ideas to introduce for 2021..... stay posted!

PS. Who has been with us since our first season in 2018? Give us a comment if you're a repeat customer!!

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

4 days 22 hours ago

Leafcutter bees like to sit on top of our blue huts out in our Alfalfa fields early in the morning. They use the sun to heat up their small little bodies, ready for a day of flying and pollinating. 🐝🐝🐝
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Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

5 days 4 hours ago

Backyard Pollinator

5 days 14 hours ago

A customer sent us this slo mo video of a leafcutter bee carrying a piece of leaf for her cocoon building.

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

5 days 22 hours ago

You know there's a few resident leafcutters bees in your yard when.....

PS. This is a hollyhock leaf, what leaves are the bees using for cocoon building in your yard?

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

6 days 16 hours ago

Another job checked off the list....

The incubation trays full of hatched bees sit inside the huts for a week or two until all the bees have flown and left their cocoons to begin flying, pollinating & making cocoons/babies.

Some of the trays are a bit grungy when we bring them in from the fields, so it's off to the pressure washing station for a scrub down. Thanks for all your hard work Jody and Mark Higgins, it's not a glamorous job but at least it was under cover these past few days of 30+C.


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