Ladybird Refuge!

 

Beekeepers know that their bees (assuming all is well!) are trying their best to keep their winter cluster nice and warm during the cold winter weather. With the queen starting to lay (if she ever stopped!), the temperature has been ramped up even further.

But it would seem that ladybirds have also worked out that bees keep their houses nice and warm!

Chris, our Membership Secretary couldn't help but notice an abundance of these little spotty insects - he was only expecting to find stripy insects on this inspection!

The overwintering ladybirds are of no concern to either bee or beekeeper - so are quite OK to leave in situ - they'll leave of their own accord when the weather warms up a bit.
Learn more about ladybirds hibernating here!

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