Honeybees at the COC

 

The Canadian Opera Company is delighted to be part of the ever-growing support of honeybees, Currently we host seven hives onthe roof of our opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Follow the honeybees' progress on Parlando, with visits and posts from beekeeper Fred Davis!

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6/28/2010

The Cuddle Death

A technique used by bees when threatened by an intruding insect (a hornet, for example) into their hives is "balling." They surround the offender in a soft ball of bees, their body heat smothering the enemy effectively. This also occurs when when the hive wishes to rid itself of an old queen. It's referred to as "balling the queen" or the "cuddle death."

Posted by Gianna Wichelow / in Did you Know? / comments (2) / permalink

sally kendall (10/12/2010 5:34:48 PM)
Don't they need a queen or will the replace the old one?
Gianna Wichelow (10/25/2010 10:55:27 AM)
Hi Sally! Sorry I didn't respond sooner, I think I missed your comment. Yes, a queen is always needed, and the bees raise new young queens in preparation for just such an event. Being a queen isn't all it's cracked up to be apparently!