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Does anyone have any information on how the polar vortex might affect SHB viability? Here in Northern Indiana we have had -15 degree temps for two days. My hives have insulation boxes around them to protect from the -40-degree windchill. I am mainly curiously about SHB not overwintering in the hive. Thanks!
 

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I was wondering this very question earlier this morning as I was thawing a water pipe in my mud room.....
 

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They curl up tighter in the cluster of bees. SHB are now to burrow 6 feet so most in the ground will be okay. but worse the adults are warm and cozy in any living hive.
 

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Those suckers are tough, they hang right in there with the cluster of bees, my deadouts lately had shb on the bottom board mixed right in with the dead bees.
 

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Thank you, AmericasBeekeeper. I should have done a proper introduction first and posted this elsewhere. I'll do that now. I'm just learning to navigate around!
 

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BTW - can't wait to meet you in person at the Kalamazoo Bee School. I have your book The Practical Beekeeper and enjoyed it immensely. Last year was my first year as a beekeeper, but towards the end of the summer I got brave and started letting my bees draw their own comb on frames as you described. It was very fun to watch. I hope both hives make it through the winter. I want to try raising some queens!
 
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