Hi, I'm making plans to overwinter my first year hive. My area does not get too severe of a winter, most of the upper mid-west has harsher winters. The problem, is the length of our winter. We get our first frosts around mid-Oct and the last frost in mid-May. My question is, how long will the bees live while being overwintered? If there is no new brood being born, won't the hive die out due to natural life expectancy?