All the colonies have finished taking syrup from their feeders.
A last quick peep under the hive roof of each colony satisfied
me that all is well. So the extra covering was put on each, the
front entrances closed to one bee width and the mouse traps primed.
Nothing more can be done now to help them through the next 4-5 months.
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Now QB leaves you until next Spring with this verse lifted from Mary Ann Duffy's
poem "The Bee Carol"
"Flightless now and shivering,
around their Queen they cling;
every bee a gift of heat;
she will not freeze
within the winter cluster of the bees."