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In years past I probably wouldn't have given second thought to seeing bees on the beach, much less in late December. Take a look at these picks. Believe this is an Italian bee. 1st pic shows her lying on beach and looking dead. Other pics show her revived after putting her in my cupped hands and blowing on her gently. She never got warm enough to fly off.

I saw quite a few of these bees on the beach. Wonder why they were drawn there? Also notice how long her tongue is hanging out.

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There is no telling why she ended up on the beach. I live about 10 miles from PCB and my bees have been flying some every day (bringing pollen in also), until this last cold front moved in on Jan 4th. This past Monday when temps dropped to near freezing, I found one bee on the landing board that was alive but was so cold it could barely move. Just out of curiosity, I took her inside and warmed her up (in a glass with a hair dryer). She began to fly vigorously, as which point I took her back to her hive where she flew around oriented and then went back into her hive.

Those bees could have been out foraging and gotten too cold with the beach breezes as the temps dropped. I read somewhere that a bee dies at 40 degrees, yet I have seen mine out flying at that temp. Mine seem to fly and forage with some zest at 45. But this is only when the daily max temps are running close to 60 and only dropping to 38 or 40 at night. Since we hit freezing temps, they are staying in until the temps up around 50.
 
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