Examining the Beehives

Posted by Sharkey

We were wandering around the farm the other day, noticing all of the changes going on in preparation for winter.  We don’t usually wander too close to the beehives because when the honeybees are really active, we don’t want to get in their way, if you know what I mean.  But, in cold weather, things really slow down in the bee world.

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What's up with the bee hives?

1 What's up with the bee hives?

I don't see any honeybees buzzing around.

2 I don't see any honeybees buzzing around.

Perhaps they flew South for the winter like so many birds do.

3 Perhaps they flew South for the winter like so many birds do.

Francesca, let me explain some things to you about Honeybees.  I happen to be somewhat of an expert.

4 Francesca, let me explain some things to you about Honeybees. I happen to be somewhat of an expert.

Did you notice our outdoor water bowl this morning?

5 Did you notice our outdoor water bowl this morning?

The water was frozen solid!

6 The water was frozen solid!

It's a fact that honeybees stop flying when the temperature drops in the winter - 55-degrees to be exact.

7 It's a fact that honeybees stop flying when the temperature drops in the winter - 55-degrees to be exact.

What's the use of flying outside of the hive when there are no flowers in bloom?  With no flowers, there isn't a speck of pollen nor a drop of nectar to be found.

8 What's the use of flying outside of the hive when there are no flowers in bloom? With no flowers, there isn't a speck of pollen nor a drop of nectar to be found.

Therefore, they remain inside their hives, forming a winter cluster, which means they get into a big huddle to keep themselves warm.  Of course, the important queen bee is in the middle of the huddle.

9 Therefore, they remain inside their hives, forming a winter cluster, which means they get into a big huddle to keep themselves warm. Of course, the important queen bee is in the middle of the huddle.

Oh, hi there, G.K.  Are you wondering about the bales of hay?  Well, Martha likes to build a wall of hay, which helps the hives by protecting them from the cold winter winds.

10 Oh, hi there, G.K. Are you wondering about the bales of hay? Well, Martha likes to build a wall of hay, which helps the hives by protecting them from the cold winter winds.

Now, where's Francesca running off to?

11 Now, where's Francesca running off to?

See you later G.K. and Sharkey!

12 See you later G.K. and Sharkey!

It must be warmer than 55-degrees and I see bees, so I'm not hanging around those hives anymore!

13 It must be warmer than 55-degrees and I see bees, so I'm not hanging around those hives anymore!

Silly Francesca, as long as you're not trying to steal their honey,  Martha's honeybees are very friendly!

14 Silly Francesca, as long as you're not trying to steal their honey, Martha's honeybees are very friendly!

Comments (6)

  • That was very interesting Francesca and Sharkey, I always wondered about what bees did in the winter...how nice to have built the Hay bales for wind protection around the Hives.
    We have lots of snow and cold here in Wisconsin, making me wonder why we are still living here...I yearn for the California winter weather.
    hey F & S, Kitty here... you two certainly have a large wardrobe, certainly bigger then mine...I only have my silky thick fur coat.
    see you tomorrow...meeuw Kitty

  • Hello Ladies & G.K.,
    Good to see you all enjoying a crisp morning . I think I might be like Francesca and run away from the bees. It is something how Mama Martha puts the hay around them. I have been taking care of Mom this weekend. She was in a car accident last Tuesday and is still hurt in her back and neck. Some man was going too fast and ran into her . Luckily no one was really hurt too bad, but she is restinag lots.

    I still need to know where those great fleece D O G coats come from, as Mom did get me a sweater, but I get out of the front legs at night somehow. I need something more form fitted for my legs but not my neck.

    Have a great Monday all.

    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    My Daddy had some bee hives when they lived in Ohio. That was when he had Bear Bear; the first Chow Chow. We don’t have as much room for the bees after we moved so he doesn’t keep hives anymore. It doesn’t take long to learn to stay away from the bees. Just one sting, or two, is all it usually takes. We have a lot of Yellowjackets, a kind of bee which lives underground, where we live. On day I stepped on their nest. Boy did they get mad. I ran for the house and to Daddy. He saw them on me and took his hands and combed them out of my hair. He, and Mommy, killed over twenty from me and another 8 to 10 in the house. Daddy said he had to protect his “boy” from harm. Some Mommies and Daddy’s are that way you know.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Girl Friends & G.K., Professor Sharkey, you sure are brilliant in knowing all about Honeybees and many other things there on Martha's farm! I just love seeing and reading about all of the things you have learned since you came there. G.K. doesn't seem too concerned about the bees, but Franny must have been stung and is not comfortable to be near the beehives. I was stung once, but it didn't bother me and I did't swell up from it. A friend of mine had to have a shot because she was allergic to bee stings. Sure hope you are staying warm during that cold weather there today. Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Professor Sharkey indeed. Sharkey you certainly are a wealth of information about the bees. I don't blame them for staying inside when the temperatures fall below 55.

    It's a whopping 20 degrees here in Chicago today. :shock: GK, I bet it wouldn't bother you, Kirby Bear, or Mrs. Bosley Chow Chow one bit. I'd like to join Francesca running around that beautiful farm of yours please. :smile:

    Basil, I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom's car accident. I know that you and your Daddy will do everything to help her get better as quick as she can. :smile:

  • Hi girls, I think those bees are staying in today! I know I am! Rocky

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