It seems like the bee business continues to grow and not only financially but also scientifically. Kimball Clark is the man for the job.
After he had decided to buy some bees for his son, he remembered that there is a species of an almost stingless bee. Therefore, he made a little hole in a log from his backyard and left a bee to live in that hole. This species is called the Blue Orchard bee and in addition to being stingless, this bee lives in a hole.
Just a little later on, Clark managed to turn this interest of his in business and passion.
Solitary bees are still a mystery for the rest of use but this mystery may turn out to become a great asset to help and provide the ecosystem.
It’s been years since farmers and other experts are using various methods to use solitary bees to pollinate, making the job easier for the honey bees which are already threatened.
Still, compared to honeybees, Blue Orchard bees are meticulous about what plant they pollinate, even if they are productive pollinators. Plus, because they do not live in hives, it’s harder to transport them from a farm to another and therefore to increase their number.
However, Clark was the one who found an ingenious idea as he developed the so-called ‘bee condos’ which will make it easier to transport and sort the bees. He was even acknowledged for his efforts by the Utah Science Technology and Research Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
With the help of this development, Clark is trying to help his friend, Kris Ricks, to use these nests in the mountains and to cull his large number of millions of bees. According to Kimball, these condos will make the job much easier for Kris.
Presently, he is working to find other species that might improve the process of pollination, such as a green bee called Osmia Ribifloris. He also tested them in the backyard of a neighbor and it turned out that the fruit trees have been more productive.
If this research continues, maybe in the following years a thriving industry will develop and hopefully the ecosystem will be more balanced.