No, that was what I meant, and the answer as I thought, but the other party to the conversation was certain that they mostly die off in the winter.
I did not think that was right, but I was less certain than she seemed to be.
She is from Sweden though, but I would not expect that to make a difference.
The context of the conversation was of how un-vegan honey is or isn't, and/or what is the most "veganish" source of honey...
||The number of workers will go down in the colder months but there's still several thousand workers and the queen. Males (drones) are usually kicked out in the autumn to die. Possibly a hive of 50,000+ down to 5,000 at a guess. But the honey will be used throughout the year AFAIK, especially in the spring when the number of workers is ramping up.|
||Good Answer, thank you.|
||Agree with all of that, but honey bees will over winter as a colony regardless of temperature as that is the way they do it. Bumble bees and other types overwinter as queens and start laying and building the colony up in the spring, then die out again in the winter.|