The Buzz of Winter: Fortwayne.com

Article from Fortwayne.com (Published December 31, 2016)

Ever wonder what the honey bee does in the winter?

A lot of us do, apparently, because the good folks at the Southwest Honey Co. get asked that question a lot. Like, a lot. And those of us who do wonder about this have had our own ideas about what honey bees do when the cold air hits — all of which are wrong.

“People think that they either fly south or we have to move them to warmer climates or whatever,” said Alex Cornwell, the organization manager and co-lead beekeeper at the company. “Or they think they just die in the winter. They have no idea.”

So this winter, the company — founded by Cornwell and Megan Ryan earlier this year as a way to assist the dwindling honey bee population as well as educate the public — is conducting little experiment for those curious.

Cornwell’s brother, special events assistant Jordan Cornwell, programmed an endoscopic camera with a miniature computer to record the goings on of the inside of a hive during these cold months. “Live from the Hive” is up and running and now you can see what bees do during the winter.

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