Bees Huddling to Keep Warm, photo courtesy CSU Extension
All insects have developed strategies for surviving the winter. Some migrate to warmer climates, but most stick around. How do they do it?
Honeybees really do huddle together…in a ball, with those on the outside of the ball (acting as insulators) gradually exchanging places with the bees on the inside of the ball. The bees on the inside of the ball generate heat through shivering. No helmets or jerseys, though.