BeeKeepers Year: January (from Minnesota BeeKeepers Assoc.)
The Bees: The queen is surrounded by thousand of her workers. She is in the midst of their winter cluster. There is little activity except on a warm day (about 45-50 degrees) when the workers will take the opportunity to make cleansing flights. The bees will consume about 25 pounds of stored honey this month.
The Beekeeper: Little work is required from you at the hives. If there is heavy snow, clear entrance for proper ventilation. This is a great time to catch up on your bee reading, and build/repair equipment for next season.