Bees hunker down for the winter and survive in amazingly cold climates. Around Kentucky, a warm spell in the middle of winter isn't unheard of though, so I keep a bottle of honey on hand for those days when the temperature reaches 50 degrees and I know Stella's bees will be out an about.
First one bee will show up, scouting around, basically knocking on my door. That's my cue to pour out a little honey.
A second bee shows up. They go back and tell their sisters and...
...more bees show up.
And what we've got here is a full blown bee party!
Bellying up to the bar.
Or gathering around a puddle.
And never fear, they clean up after themselves quite well.
Every last drip.
And as the sun starts to set and the temperature drops, they all head back home.