Honey Bees are some of the first insects to become active in earnest in the spring and the bees at Belfairs have been buzzing around for a couple of weeks now. This is in part due to the interesting and unusual way in which Honey Bees overwinter. Most insects overwinter solitarily, entering a dormancy during which their body temperature and metabolic rate drops. Honey Bees however overwinter as a colony and amazingly enough maintain a core colony temperature of close to 30˚C. They do this largely through metabolic heating with workers vibrating their wing muscles fuelled by honey collected through the summer.