This year we “rented” bees to pollinate our cherry trees. I find this very interesting.
The beekeeper brought his bees, sedated during transportation, to our orchard. They came in boxes, hives (their homes) and he set them in a spot at the end of the orchard, so the wind would blow them into the orchard.
They would not come out and go to work until the sun was out. In the evening, after they were through working and it started to get cooler, they would go back to their hives for the night. It’s amazing to me how they know where to go!
They would collect pollen, as they went from blossom to blossom, and would drop some of it on the blossoms, pollinating the trees.
They would take the pollen back to their hive and from that point (I don’t know how) they will eventually make honey. 🙂
Here’s a photo of our “rented” bees (well, their hives).