Trucking back and forth across America, Bill sees some interesting things. Recently, at a truck stop in Glade Spring, Virginia, he came across a truckload of honey bees.
He was just starting his day and the bees were starting theirs, too. Many had escaped from the numerous hives secured under the special tarp covering the trailer.
You can see a cloud of the bees above and around the tractor and trailer.
Once the sun rises and the temperatures warm up the bees become very restless and active. They know there is much work to be done.
The dark patches on the tarps are clusters of bees who have remained together. Each box contains one individual hive. On average, each hive can hold 20,00-60,000 bees. However, there is always only one queen per hive.
Commercial beekeeping has grown into a multi-million dollar industry. Bees are trucked all over the nation. Bill estimated this load to be well over 900 hives, the most he has seen in a single load.
Honeybees not only provide us with honey and other products, but they assist us in farming. Bees are responsible for pollinating crops that feed the nation and beyond.