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May 15, 2013

Honey of a Tale

You can beelieve this ... We're not pollen your leg

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 Honeybees stop flying when the temperature drops below about 50 degrees. Worker bees crowd into the central area of the hive to form a "winter cluster." The bees huddle around the queen bee at the center of the cluster, shivering in order to keep the center at 81 degrees at the start of winter during the broodless period and 93 degrees when the queen resumes laying.
 The colder the weather is outside, the more compact the cluster becomes. During winter, bees consume stored honey to produce body heat.
Colonies are established by groups known as "swarms," which consist of a mated queen and a large contingent of worker bees. This group moves en masse to a nest site that has been scouted by worker bees beforehand.
 
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