The incredible honeycomb built by bees despite the freezing weather

February 20, 2010 at 7:32 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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If you go down to these woods today you are sure of a sweet surprise – bees swarming in sub-zero temperatures around a giant honeycomb.

The hardy workers have created the giant two-foot long structure and have been spotted by walkers and winter wildlife spotters more used to seeing deer and badgers at this time of year.

The incredible honeycomb built by bees despite the freezing weather at Holly Hill, Fareham, Hampshire

Bees are hibernating creatures that cannot survive in cold
temperatures, but the hard-working insects are proving they are made of
stronger stuff by braving the big chill.

Bees are known to produce small honeycomb structures in trees during
warmer summer months, but the enormous and strangely shaped structure
is an unheard sight during January and February.

‘Wild bees as a species are normally very temperature conscious. They do not normally survive in the cold and would ordinarily be in
hibernation waiting for when the weather warms up a bit.

High honey: How the honeycomb is sheltered in the tree

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