Bees in winter

With all the crazy winter weather around the country, I thought a post on how bees handle the cold weather would be appropriate. A good beekeeper will always leave enough honey in the hive to see the bees through the winter months when nothing is in bloom. The bees will mass together over the comb honey in a large ball with the queen at the center. By flexing their wings they can maintain the temperature in the hive so they will not freeze.

An interesting fact is that bees will not “go poopie in the potty” while in the hive. They will wait for a break in the cold weather to take a cleansing flight as well as remove any dead bees from the hive.

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