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ThatFanficGuy  ·  887 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Dear Hubski, what sounds and smells color your life?

    (it's unusual to open a hive in the winter).

Is it because bees don't like the cold?

briandmyers  ·  887 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah, they hunker down and don't forage as much. Also since they aren't as busy, they get grumpy faster. Best time to open a hive is a fine Spring day when they are busy as, well, bees :-)

ThatFanficGuy  ·  887 days ago  ·  link  ·  

What do they do when they aren't... buzzy?

briandmyers  ·  887 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Who knows? It doesn't freeze here, so they do some foraging all winter, here. Colder places they only fly to collect water occaisionally in winter, and spend a lot more energy (honey) generating heat with physical activity.