…was on January 24. Much to our surprise, the bees were buzzing about like it’s springtime! Luke said these are the first active bees he has seen this year – a sign of the good health of the colony.
The spider in the cedar hive is still around, though she scurried away into the depths of the hive before we could take a photo. The nuc box unfortunately had some dead bees. Luke pointed out how they are noticeably larger than summer bees (because they store protein and other nutrients inside their bodies). They also have a longer lifespan (~6 months) compared to summer bees who only live around 6 weeks. If you want to know more about winter bees and what they do, HoneyBeeSuite has a great post about them.