Of course it will, but at this point it's just cold, cold, cold. More snow and very cold temperatures for the past few days. One yesterday, zero this morning. I checked the hive earlier today and was again reassured because I hear a lot of buzzing going on inside, but I also see lots of dead bees on the screened bottom board. I think this is normal since there has been no housekeeping since Sunday. Thankfully, the long range temperatures are predicted to be in the 50's for the next ten days. This has been the coldest winter we've had in Western NC for a long time. If Walter Bee survives, I will be most impressed with that little hive since I know their numbers are small.
I created my little bee from a link off The Park Seed Garden Journal. At least she looks happy. She's not out in the cold!
Chart of bee growth for all castes
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