As you can see, the hives are starting to be covered with snow, which acts as a good insulator for our hives. The bees will be clustered inside, expending minimal energy. The main goal is to maintain a constant temperature inside the hive between 93-97 degrees
Fahrenheit. They will stay in this cluster all winter, moving about on warmer days, but staying tightly clustered on colder days. They will use their wings to generate heat, and consume the stored honey inside the hive for fuel. Like penguins, they will move from the centre of the cluster to the outer parameter of the cluster, transferring heat to those bees on the outer edges of the cluster. The queen will remain in the centre of the cluster warm and toasty.