What are the bees doing this month? Well, if it gets much warmer, they're going to start thinking it's spring! They don't usually dare to start flying until it's over 50 degrees, so we should be fine. We don't need them expending energy when there isn't any nectar for them to find. The bees in the hive are different than our summertime bees. The queen lays the eggs for the "winter bees" late August or early September. These bees live much longer than their warm weather counterparts. It's been said that they age much more slowly which allows them to live the whole winter long, heating the hive, protecting the queen and preparing for the next year.