Does Not Analogy Prove That Bees Should Be Kept Warm In Winter?

Opposition to this method of wintering will arise with those who have

always thought that bees must be kept cold; "the colder the better." I

would suggest for their consideration the possibility of some analogy

between bees and some of the warm-blooded animals--the horse, ox, and

sheep, for instance, that require a constant supply of food, that they

may generate as much caloric as is thrown off on the cold air. This

seems to be regulated by the degree of cold, else why do they refuse

the large quantity of tempting provender in the warm days of spring,

and greedily devour it in the pelting storm? The fact is pretty well

demonstrated, that the quantity of food needed for the same condition

in spring, is much less when protected from the inclemency of the

weather, than when exposed to the severe cold. The bee, unlike the

wasp, when once penetrated with frost, is dead--_their temperature must

be kept considerably above the freezing point, and to do this, food is

required_. Now if the bees are governed by the same laws, and cold air

carries off more heat than warm, and their source of renewing it is in

the consumption of honey in proportion to the degree of cold, common

sense would say, keep them warm as possible. As a certain degree of

heat is necessary in all stocks, it may take about such a quantity of

honey to produce it, and this may explain why a small family requires

about the same amount of food as others that are very large.

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