Planet Bee is an operating honey farm (apiary) and able to offer
services to the agriculture industry of British Columbia. Apiaries
are moved in season throughout the North Okanagan and Fraser Valleys
for pollination and honey production.
Pollination is the transfer of pollen
from the anthers of a flower to the stigma of that or another flower
and accomplished usually in one of two ways in nature by the wind
or by insects and birds. More than one half of all agricultural food
production requires insects to perform this transfer. However with
the seriously reduced numbers of native pollinators due in part to
the wide and sometime indiscriminate use of insecticides, the greatly
reduced availability of natural habitat and the introduction of parasites
naturally or by mankind, adequate pollinators are often not available.
Honeybees are responsible for the pollination and production of over
$300 Million of food crops in addition to the nearly $8 Million worth
of honey and other bee products produced in British Columbia.
Planet Bee Honey Farm will have strong healthy honeybee colonies available
in the North Okanagan for pollination service contracts. Book early
to avoid disappointment. Book
Honeybees have a natural tendency to propagate their species or numbers
by splitting their colonies to become two. This, the true meaning
of swarming is known to happen mostly
between May and July and can be quite overwhelming to many people
when they first notice this large swarm of honeybees hanging on the
branch of a tree, a fence post, a garden shrub or even on the ground.
What has happened is that the original hive, in anticipation of the
over-crowding of their home, have raised a new queen and upon her
emergence, about one half of the field bees gorge themselves with
honey and leave the hive with one queen to locate a new home. While
the swarm with queen is clustered upon a tree etc. the "Scout"
field bees go out searching for a new home in what might be a hollowed
out tree, the walls of old (or newer) buildings, or in old abandoned
bee hives. When a suitable residence is found, usually within 12 to
36 hours, the scout returns to inform the other bees by performing
the famous bee dance. The bees then lift off from their temporary
holding area and set up residence in their new digs.
Although a swarm of bees can appear very intimidating, they are generally
very docile having very recently gorged themselves with honey and
are currently without a home to protect.
If you would like to report a swarm of bees or require more information,
please phone our beekeeper at (250) 542-8088. We may be able to collect
the swarm or refer you to another interested apiarist who has the
time, desire and means to capture this colony of bees. A large enough
swarm of these "Free Bees" collected early enough in the
season have been known to still produce up to a hundred pounds of