Honey bees during winter

Honey bees during winter

We have had our first batch of honey and haven’t seen our bees for some months. But what are our bees getting up to during the winter months?
During the winter months honey bees form a winter cluster that aims to last all winter. The worker bees main job for the winter is to keep the queen bee alive. In order to do this they form a cluster around the queen and then flutter their wings and shiver vigorously. The constant motion and use of energy is how the hive keeps warm. The colder the hive the closer the cluster gets together.
The queen remains at the centre of the cluster throughout the winter months, the worker bees on the other hand rotate from the outside to the inside of the cluster meaning no individual worker bee gets too cold.
The bees must have enough honey to keep their energy up, its very important that the beekeepers make sure there is enough honey to last all winter, if there isn’t they often supply a liquid sugar syrup or fondant icing for the bees.

Posted 8th Jan 11:45am

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