December 6th, 2010
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.
1 What's up with the bee hives?
2 I don't see any honeybees buzzing around.
3 Perhaps they flew South for the winter like so many birds do.
4 Francesca, let me explain some things to you about Honeybees. I happen to be somewhat of an expert.
5 Did you notice our outdoor water bowl this morning?
6 The water was frozen solid!
7 It's a fact that honeybees stop flying when the temperature drops in the winter - 55-degrees to be exact.
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.
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.
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.
11 Now, where's Francesca running off to?
12 See you later G.K. and Sharkey!
13 It must be warmer than 55-degrees and I see bees, so I'm not hanging around those hives anymore!
14 Silly Francesca, as long as you're not trying to steal their honey, Martha's honeybees are very friendly!
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