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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

5 days 28 minutes 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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#leafcutterbees #leafcutter #bee #bees #megachile #beesofinstagram #pollinators #beekeeping #superpollinators #garden #wildlife #incubation #imperialsaskatchewan #saskatchewan #saskatchewanfarmers #alfalfa #natgeowild #nature #natgeo #naturelovers #savethebees #raw_insects @ Imperial, Saskatchewan

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

5 days 5 hours ago

Backyard Pollinator

5 days 16 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 23 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 18 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.

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

1 week 1 day ago

We hope that your leafcutter bees are busy flying, pollinating and producing more babies for next year in your backyard. They have been loving the 30+ weather in Saskatchewan this past week!

In our alfalfa fields, the bees get right to work upon release, collecting pollen & nectar and making cocoons in the nesting blocks to house their offspring. They begin with the flowers close to the huts and as those blooms are used up, they move further and further afield.

The seed pod of an alfalfa plant is a tight little curl, quite different from other pods you may have seen (like a pea or a lentil). Even though our bees will continue pollinating flowers into August, the plants run out of time for those seed pods to mature for harvesting. That's why it is critical for us to get our bees to the fields as soon as we can (in late June or early July). The days of summer are long but the growing season is relatively short here in Western Canada.

Jed is very pleased with the progress of both our bee reproduction and the alfalfa seed development. With the first of the pea crops in our area about a week off harvesting, that season will soon be upon us.

Backyard Pollinator

1 week 1 day ago

We had a late hatch with some bees this year. This is a slow motion video of the last tray going out into our Alfalfa field, as you can see they were desperate to get out 🐝🐝🐝
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#leafcutterbees #leafcutter #bee #bees #megachile #beesofinstagram #pollinators #beekeeping #superpollinators #garden #wildlife #incubation #imperialsaskatchewan #saskatchewan #saskatchewanfarmers #alfalfa #natgeowild #nature #natgeo #naturelovers #savethebees

Backyard Pollinator

1 week 2 days ago

We had a late hatch with some bees this year. This is a slow motion video of the last tray going out into our Alfalfa field, as you can see they were desperate to get out 🐝🐝🐝
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#leafcutterbees #leafcutter #bee #bees #megachile #beesofinstagram #pollinators #beekeeping #superpollinators #garden #wildlife #incubation #imperialsaskatchewan #saskatchewan #saskatchewanfarmers #alfalfa #natgeowild #nature #natgeo #naturelovers #savethebees

Backyard Pollinator

1 week 3 days ago

Releasing 60 million, freshly hatched bees, out into our Alfalfa fields, is a lovely sight to behold. They just cannot wait to get a belly full of food. 🐝🐝🐝
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#leafcutterbees #leafcutter #bee #bees #megachile #beesofinstagram #pollinators #beekeeping #superpollinators #garden #wildlife #incubation #imperialsaskatchewan #saskatchewan #saskatchewanfarmers #alfalfa #natgeowild #nature #natgeo #naturelovers

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

1 week 3 days ago

On a hot summer day our leafcutter bees are typically in full motion but I found these ones perched quietly. I have a perennial called "false sunflower" and our bees were quietly sitting together on the blossoms this morning. Several were males (note the green eyes) who were happily eating the nectar and pollen on offer. With flower gardens in full bloom at the moment, there are lots of food choices for the bees!


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