Winter BeesIt's been a busy fall (it always is). There's herbs to collect, a billion leaves to rank and turn into leaf mulch, a garden to pull out, and now, bees to prepare for winter. The bees are all settled in. We've given the apiaries insulating roofs and insulation panels to help keep them warm. Inside, the bees will form a tight cluster around the queen, shivering their wing muscles to keep one another warm. Think of how penguins in the Antarctic form one large group, taking turns on the outside and then moving back into the group to warm up. Bees do something similar, and this cluster moves slowly through the hive in the winter, the bees on the outside of the cluster picking up honey and feeding it inwards.
They'll be dormant probably until sometime in April, and I worry. I know people in Alaska keep bees, but still, the winters are very cold and long. Hopefully they'll be okay!