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Winter Cleansing Flights of Honeybees

Like all living things, even honeybees use the “bathroom”.  However, during the wintertime, they are confined to their cluster without the ability to leave.  In the cluster, their main goal is to keep the queen and any existing brood very warm.  This cluster only breaks on warmer winter days.  During the break, the bees move the cluster closer to available food sources and also exit the hive to quickly take cleansing flights.  Have you ever had a little splash of bright yellow dots on your windshield and wondered what bird did that?  That was not a bird, it was the mark of a honeybee.

Video Credit:  Tilly’s Nest