A bee landed on me and followed me into the house yesterday. It tried to get outside but it only got as far as the outside window screen of my office window. The temperature overnight was below freezing. The bee appeared dead the next morning. Until…
February 2019 Postscript: This is an example of torpor. It’s when a bee is so cold it can’t move — and appears dead. The bee comes back to life once it warms up (unless it really is dead). Here’s a video I posted on Twitter that demonstrates it in a slightly more dramatic fashion.
Frozen honey bees coming back to life by bringing them into the warmth of my house. The lesson: Honey bees in a state of torpor (so cold they can't move) may appear dead, but they're not. (Not always anyway).
— Phillip (@MudSongs) January 28, 2019