Surviving the Winter Blast

The bees of the Hexa-Hive village are overwintering on the campus of Otaniemi under a simple shelter. Much to our surprise, in January, Charli went for a stroll and found the Hexa-Hives dismantled, open and full of snow!Trying to understand what had happened, we considered wild animals trying to rob the honey, strong weather conditions and wind, but unfortunately, the most probable explanation is human intervention….

Our predictions after seeing the picture were not good – but when checking in detail, it seemed that the bees had gathered in a ball and the colony had managed to survive this action – the cold and the snow! The hive was re-assembled and put back under the shelter for the remaining winter months!

These animals seem so fragile, but can be so incredibly resilient!


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