While we are all getting ready for winter, I wonder how many of us think about what our friendly bees are doing just now….
Well, like us they are preparing for winter too. The honey bee’s plan, unlike other species of bee, is to keep awake through the colder months. They surround the Queen Bee and use movement and honey reserves to generate heat. On warmer days they can leave the hive but on the very coldest days they “shiver” and rotate round – the bees move round so no bees get too cold.
Beekeepers can help by ensuring that reserves of honey are kept stocked up, but generally honey bees are well prepared to survive the winter.