Hello Friends, Honey Lovers and Fellow Beekeepers!
The most popular question this time of year is: What do bees do in the winter? Lots of people have all sorts of different ideas about what they might do: “Do you bring the bees inside? Do you put a little heater in the hive?” The idea of bees cuddling around a tiny space heater is adorable, but that would not be the truth. Actually, they cluster in the warmest part of the hive-closest to the sun-with their queen in the center. As the bees cluster around her, they shiver constantly to keep her, and themselves warm. On less chilly days, the bees will crawl over to the honeycombs where they have stored their winter honey and take a bit to feed themselves and the queen. In this way, they keep warm during the winter months and make their honey last through winter and survive into the spring.
Keep your antennae out for a special New Years Eve recipe pairing cheese, champagne, and of course, honey!
Merry, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!
From all of us at Red Bee Apiary.