Three cats hanging out here. They are outside cats, they have the run of the place and outbuildings, but do not come in the house. I took them to the vet for shots and neutering. I feed them some dry catfood. They really help to keep the rodent population in check.
The skunks will come scratch on the beehive until the bees come out to fight, then sit there and eat bees.
I put a number 3 foot trap in front of the hive to discourage the skunk. The trap is hooked to a 12 foot 2x4. If I happen to catch a skunk, I lead him across the road and dump him in the ditch. After the skunk is drowned I can remove it from the trap and go reset the trap. Ya never want to shoot a skunk on your property. As they die they spray that stinky stuff all over. It takes about 2 weeks for the odors to leave.
Went over to a redbud to sample the flowers, and it was covered with different kinds of bees -- some much larger than others. "Examples of native bees that gather nectar from redbud flowers and in the process serve as pollinators include: carpenter bees, bumble bees, mason bees, Halictid bees, blueberry bees, and many others."
"I have a problem...the pup chases the bees that are cleaning up in the garden."
Aw, don't worry about that. The pup is not likely to hurt the bees, and if he does he will likely get stung. That will get his attention.
In a strong colony of bees there is likely close to 80,000 bees. New bees are hatching out right along. Older bees are dying. The life of a worker bee in the summer is rather short. They work themselves to death. Winter bees are different, they may live through winter to fly again come spring. Getting bees through winter in cold country is hit and miss. Sometimes they make it, sometimes they don't. We will find out come April.
"James , are the bees for your garden, or will you be renting them out to commercial farms for pollination of their fields? "
My bees stay here at home. Some beekeepers with more bees may haul a truckload of beehives to California for the almond bloom. After the almonds are done blooming there is nothing for the bees so they are hauled back to Utah. They are all built up strong and the clover is just coming into bloom so the bees can make honey.
Of course the bees fly where they will. You can't make a bee do a darned thing. A honey bee may fly up to 2 miles looking for its needs. A two mile radius puts a lot of acres under the bees path. They will fly as far as necessary to find what they need, but they will be more successful if their needs are close at hand.
Aw, don't worry about the pup. Even if she gets stung, she will get over it.
The bees out working your flowers are gathering nectar and pollen. They are not in defense of anything and are not likely to sting anything. Bees at home around the beehive are a different thing. They are defending their home and you don't want to mess with the hive unless you want a bunch of mad bees all over you.