Creating a buzz in the community
Her bee pollinating cycle starts in foster yards for the winter where her bees rest, then in the spring they are brought to berry crops throughout B.C (blueberry, raspberry, cranberry and blackberry) then they travel to Alberta where they pollinate crops of clover, canola and alfalfa. Then they come back home to B.C. and their cycle starts again.
Smoking the hive
Cassie lights up natural fibres like burlap and dried grass to smoke out the bees. This process tricks the bees into thinking that they are experiencing a forest fire. They have a “fire drill” procedure where they fill up with honey which makes them too full to sting.
A frame of the hive
Each frame acts as a section of the hive. The bees work together to build the cells with bees wax where they store food (nectar and honey) and house the brood (eggs, larvae, and pupae).
A honeycomb is a mass of hexagonal prismatic wax cells built by honey bees in their nests.
Growing concerns for a shrinking population
These ground nesters do not live in large hives, but individually. They are native to BC and are very good pollinators, being able to pollinate almost 100 times that of a Honey Bee. (Pixabay/ Skeeze)
Halictidae bees are often shiny and green in color. They carry pollen on their entire leg instead of just the upper part of their appendage. They have the nick name of “pollen pants”. (Flickr / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab)
Bumble bees are often mistaken for Honey Bees. They do not produce honey but are great for pollinating many plants. They can often be distinguished by having a very fuzzy outer coat. (Flickr / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab)
Andrenidae are short-tongued bees that also live in the ground. All Andrena have short hairs found in depressions on their face called facial fovea. (Flickr / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab)
Colletidae are short-tongued bees, also called polyester bees. In order to protect their nest and their young, they secrete a waterproof lining around their home. (Flickr / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab)