Friday, November 6, 2009

A Fine November 6th Morning

We are having unseasonably warm day for November 6th in Winona MN. I had a chance to go back home this morning to talk with Nova and noticed that the honey bees were out taking a cleansing flight. All the hives were active.

Because of my busy schedule I have been unable to report the "doings" in Beelandia on this blog. For those of you who wish to know, I winterized all the hives two weeks ago. We got some haybales from a local farmer and have placed them around each of the hives, both langstroth and top bar. They should serve as nice wind-breaks. Hopefully, we will not have prolonged sub zero temperatures this winter.


Anonymous said...

Do bees hibernate for the winter? I guess I never really thought about it.

Abelisto said...

Bees are active in the winter, maintaining a temperature in the low 90s in their cluster. On warmer, sunny winter days they may leave the hive to defecate, remove dead bees, or to die away from the hive. They move up slowly throough the hive consuming the honey they've stored in the spring and summer.