Do Bees Die in Autumn?

We’ve always been fascinated by bees and how they go about their lifetime. They are pretty much the most industrious and hard-working insects on the planet, but their lives don’t last very long. 

It is proven in the scientific community that bee colonies die off in autumn as part of their life cycle. This is because they won’t be able to make it through the harsh winters, and the queen will continue to hibernate, have babies, and live off of her fat stores. 

If you’re also interested in how this inevitable phenomenon in bees happens, read on!

The autumn: end-of-life season for bees

Bees usually start dying off towards the end of summer. As the days grow shorter and colder, bees lose their ability to keep warm, leading them to die from hypothermia or starvation. 

Sometimes, bees will become sick in the fall as they prepare for winter hibernation. This sickness can lead to bee death. If a colony becomes overcrowded by swarming during late summer, some bees may also die due to lack of food or because of disease spreading through the hive.

It’s important not to panic when you notice your bee population thinning out a bit—it’s completely normal! A healthy hive should be able to handle these losses on its own without any intervention from you at all (other than providing them with safe living conditions).

Honey bees survive in colonies.

In autumn, honey bees can still be found. They live in colonies, which are made up of the queen, drones, and workers. The queen is the only fertile female in the colony and will lay eggs all year long. Drones are male bees that mate with new queens before dying, while workers are female bees whose sole purpose is to feed themselves and others by collecting nectar from flowers to make honey.

The workers spend most of their lives inside hive tunnels where they take care of thousands of other bees by cleaning cells after an egg hatches into larvae (baby bees) or building wax caps on top of honeycomb cells to store food. They also build new hives as needed, either by adding onto existing ones or creating entirely new ones nearby.

How do colonies survive?

Most people know that bees are social insects, but they may not realize exactly what that means. All bees form colonies. A colony is a group of individuals who live together in one place for the purpose of survival and reproduction. This allows them to work together to collect food and protect themselves from predators. 

Drones do not store food or gather pollen like worker bees do; instead, their sole function is to mate with queens from other colonies in spring/summer so that there will be enough new queens emerging each year.

If a bee colony is too big, some of the bees will form a new colony and leave. The queen bee will leave with a group of young bees to form a new colony. They create a new home for themselves in the ground or in an abandoned animal burrow. The old colony will die off as they are no longer able to care for it due to lack of food and space.

The new queen bee will lay eggs that grow into baby worker bees, which help her care for her young and build up their numbers so they can be strong enough to survive winter (when there is not much pollen available).

The new colony ends up being smaller than the original one because some of its members have left—but it still has enough workers to survive until spring, when more pollen becomes available again!

What is the queen bee’s strategy for survival?

Bees have a queen bee and workers, which are female workers that help raise the next generation of bees. They also have drones, which are male drones who do not help with reproduction; they only mate with queens from other colonies during the mating season (spring or summer). 

To survive and expand her colony, the queen bee lays eggs all year round, so even in the winter there will be new bees born.

These young bees are called “winter,” ” and they help keep the colony alive through the winter months by taking care of the older bees.

The queen bee lays a new batch of eggs each season so that there are enough workers to take care of her and her hive during the winter months when there aren’t as many flowers blooming outside for them to collect nectar from.

The young bees in winter: how do they survive?

You’ve probably heard that bees die in autumn, and it’s true. Only the young honey bees survive through winter, while the adults and workers die off in autumn.

The passage of time has a significant impact on the daily activities in the colony. All of the things honey bee colonies need can be found in the nectar of flowers. As a direct result of this, the colony’s cycle of reproduction is the same as the cycle of reproduction of plants in the area. 

Honey bees begin recruiting new workers at the beginning of spring each year in order to better prepare for the blooming of spring flowers. Honey bees reach their maximum size and level of activity during the summer months, when they also increase the rate at which they gather resources. In the autumn, when temperatures begin to drop and there are fewer blooms available, bees begin to reduce the amount of nectar and pollen they gather from plants. 

Honey bees are able to make it through the long, flowerless winter months by feasting on the honey they produce throughout the spring, summer, and autumn seasons. The sight of a large honey bee colony may be rather awe-inspiring. Honey bees of the species Apis mellifera, which are native to both Europe and North America, may form colonies that are home to more than 60,000 members each.


The fall is a tough time of year for bees, but a select few, like the young bees, are able to adapt and survive. If you have any questions about beekeeping, or if you want to know more about how honey bees die off in autumn, then contact us today!