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ClaireK

Shouldn't they be hibernating??

Having kept Bees upto a few weeks ago I was under the impression that they hibernated over winter and didn't fly unless it was at least 15 degrees, however yesterday i saw 3 honey bees in my garden. I hope they had their thermals on and went home to a warm hive

Claire
Bazzer

Still had them here three days ago.

Well 'ard southern bees innit.
ClaireK

Bazzer wrote:


Well 'ard southern bees innit.


Well 'ard and southern ........ no such thing      

Claire
kaz

We had a butterfly outside the window yesterday
beeman

Honey Bees don't hibernate, they go into what is termed "a winter cluster" all the workers form a rugby ball shaped cluster around the queen.They do this to keep themselves and their queen warm , they take turns on being at the outside of the cluster,and when cold they change over.The temperature at the centre is warm enough for the queen to start laying again, which she doe's at around the shortest day, only very few eggs for a start, just a dozen or so.
On warmer days  Bees will fly, don,t forget they need to go to the loo,and never foul the inside of their hive.Also, don't forget there is pollen still to be had even now, my Mahonia is alive with Bees on warmer days collecting pollen (protein used to rear young).
In a few weeks Snowdrops will be in flower, these are also worked by the Bees, keep an eye on yours to watch your local Bees.
kaz

Thanks for that information Beeman - what else can we plant to 'feed' them through the winter?
beeman

Winter favorits for Bees include-- Crocus, viburnum tinus, Helebore,then late winter/early spring--Hazel,and most importantly Willow. These are all Pollen bearing plants/ shrubs.

These are all just top up supplies, the main winter stores of both Pollen and Honey are laid down well before Winter arrives.This year has been a good one for Ivy, this is an important source of both Honey and Pollen late in the autumn.
ClaireK

I planted willow for my bees, but the bdooly nags ate them before they came into flower. I now have a hedging of 6" bendy sticks    

Claire

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