As we are getting another short round of winter-like weather today, I wanted to share a quick post with an activity that is relevant to our honey bee’s winter survival. In the photos above, notice how there are a lot of bees up top. There are even some on the inner cover and there are some inside the zip-lock bag as well where we have provided sugar patties inside the bag. There is a slit cut into the bag from the underside to give the bees access to the sugar. Instinctively, bees will continue to move upward as they eat their way through their food stores inside the two deep boxes. It is typical to have all of the bees in the top box by the end of winter and none in the bottom deep box. We will reverse the boxes in warmer weather as the nectar begins to flow. For more about our seasonal activities, here’s a link to our Seasons page.
Tootles, the little Sapphire Gem is a favorite on our homestead. She likes to help with the bees.