Bees in the cold
Guest post written by Dean Haley
Stingless bees are widely regarded as being unable to control nest temperature like honey bees do. For the vast majority of stingless bees this is very true. Some species however, such as our T.carbonaria and A.australis extend into temperate areas with colder Winters and frosts.
BEES IN THE FRIDGE
BEEHIVE IN THE FRIDGE
The thermal characteristics of A.australis have been studied by previous authors. Megan Halcroft monitored hive temperatures for 12 months and reported that australis had some ability to warm their brood area. This is especially so in Spring, but the temperature of the brood is not raised much in Autumn and Winter. Megans works is very well presented and set out. I fully encourage you to check out her studies here:
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