Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Our Bees Huddle Up For The Winter
You may be wondering how a bee survives a Canadian winter. Actually, you may be wondering how we all survive it. Once the temperature drops below ten degrees or so, bees are unable to fly and forage for nectar. So all spring, summer and fall they store nectar in their comb, dry it out until it becomes honey and put a lid of wax over it so that they will have something to snack on over winter. Throughout winter the bees “cluster” together in one big group eating honey and flexing their muscles to generate heat. In fact, the inside of the hive will be warm enough to melt the snow around the hive. In the spring when temperatures rise back above ten degrees, the bees will fly out of the hive and begin to head back to work. The rest of us will do what all Canadians do on the first warm day. Hit a partially thawed outdoor patio in jean shorts and a crop top.