I'll admit that as the deep cold settled across Northwestern Ontario (and many other parts of Canada) in this winter, I was worried. How, I wondered, could our honey bees possibly survive? But survive they did; four out of five hives made it through which is a positive return. I say, brave little insects!
This is a photo-post to show you what we found in our small bee yard.
It's surprisingly warm inside a beehive. While the hive is insulated with a Styrofoam sleeve and snow, it's not air-tight. Bees need air flow during their season of rest. Inside the hive, they cluster together in a slow-moving swarm to conserve energy and share body heat.
I was fascinated to see the bees flying, even walking on the snow in front of the hives. This is proof that they have broken swarm and are beginning their cleansing flights. They fly after their long confinement and well, defecate. It's nature, after all.
The genus Apis is Latin for "bee" and mellifera comes from Latin melli- "honey" and ferre "to bear"
— hence the scientific name means "honey-bearing bee". – Wikipedia
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