Bunky Loucks is not a beekeeper but he wants to put bee hive boxes in his backyard.
Millions of bees owned by Drange Apiary of Laurel have traveled thousands of miles pollinating crops in California and Washington before returning to Montana for the honey making season. Here, beekeeper Ehrin Stevens checks over a hive in a bee yard between Billings and Laurel.
Beekeepers Ehrin Stevens, left, and Shawn Shifley, check beehives at a bee yard between Billings and Laurel. Beekeepers keep a close eye on hives to make sure the bees remain healthy.
Beekeeper Ehrin Stevens lights a bee smoker. The smoke is generated by burning burlap.
Drange Apiary beekeepers Ehrin Stevens and Shawn Shifley explain what it is like to work with bees everyday.
Beekeepers Ehrin Stevens, left, and Shawn Shifley monitor beehives. A message written in blue crayon at the lower left of the photo provides information on the hive's queen.
Andy Drange isn't bragging, he's simply stating a fact. On a head-per-head basis, he oversees more livestock than any other agricultural producer in Yellowstone County.
A bee with pollen packed on its legs at a beehive.
A truck driver taking a load of beehives to California crashed a few miles east of Pompeys Pillar on Interstate 94 Monday night, spilling the hives and wrecking his truck.