My honeybees hive will be buried under snow for the next few months.
|Hive #1 (Nov. 30, 2010).|
Between now and early spring, the bees inside the hive will cluster together in a big ball kind of like Antarctic penguins, taking turns moving from the colder outside of the ball (9°C) to the warmer inside (27°C). The queen is always on the inside. They shiver to create heat and slowly eat away at honey stores (about 50kg) until the spring. On warmer days (above 10°C) they may fly outside the hive to use the facilities because they don’t like to poop where they live. And that’s how honeybees survive in Newfoundland for nearly half the year.
If they managed to live through the winter and do well in the spring, I should be able to harvest some honey for the first time around August 2011. And lots of it. In the meantime, I’m looking for suggestions for a name to put on my honey jars (besides Claw Hammer Honey, which is strictly a limited edition).