Most people think that they hibernate. In reality, they are very much awake inside their hives!
In the winter, honeybees cluster together in a ball the size of a basketball. By flexing their wing muscles they are able to generate warmth and hold the cluster at up to 93 degrees. The bees take turns shifting from the inside to the outside of the cluster so that everyone can stay warm. The queen is always kept at the center of the cluster.
The queen begins to lay eggs and the bees must keep the brood at a constant 92-93 degrees.
By the time spring arrives, the hive will be bursting with new bees, ready to take over the hive’s duties