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With my bees flying unusually early this spring here in S. Ontario, was wondering if they have a need for water. Temps are +7 C daytime and -7 C nighttime. I suppose there is a bit of honey consumption going on, and that they will need some water to dilute it somewhat. Still white snow most places around the hives, but melt is happening during the day with cold puddles appearing. Some bees landing in snow, resting there for a while then taking off again. Is this an effort to get some water or just confusion?
 

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The cluster produces water vapor from respiration. This moisture usually condenses on the walls of the hive. When it melts, the bees often use it as a water source. As long as the condensation isn't dripping on the bees, they can use it.
 

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Today in Sudbury it was 10C... and I witnessed the same thing. A honey bee landed right infront of me, a few feet from the hive. Looked like she was working the snow with her tongue, then took off again.
 
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