The Winter Solstice And The Bees

Winter cluster!!

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The Winter Solstice is the real beginning of the cycle of the New Year.

It marks the shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun’s daily maximum elevation in the sky is the lowest.

The Solstice officially arrived at the same instant for all of us on Earth – 11:12 UTC – but our clocks say different times due to varying time zones.

This year the Winter Solstice in Cincinnati happened this morning at 6:12 a.m. EST.

hive in winter

After the Winter Solstice the days gradually get longer until spring season arrives. It’s  important to honey bees and how they manage their hive throughout the winter.

Within the darkness of the hive, unable to see that the light lasts a bit longer each day, the Queen Bee senses that the Solstice has arrived. The Winter Solstice is one of the first signs to her that it is time to take up…

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3 thoughts on “The Winter Solstice And The Bees

  1. I love that the bees know it’s winter solstice – they are such pagans! Happy Christmas and look forward to more bees and cakes in the new year! xx

  2. ohnwentsya says:

    Reblogged this on Spirit In Action and commented:
    Thank you! I never knew what happened inside the winter hive except that if there not enough bees they could not keep warm enough to survive. Happy Solstice everyone!

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