Honey bees stay busy and warm inside their hives while waiting for spring
Beehives at sunrise in winter at the Honey Hill farm in Conicville, Shenandoah.
A colony of honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) does not hibernate in winter. The bees form a cluster, clinging tightly together on the combs in the hive. The outer bees form an insulating shell that prevents excessive loss of heat. Within the cluster the warmth permits normal cluster activity such as rearing the young and consuming food.