Do Bees Hold Feet When They Sleep?

Just like us, bees work all the time. As one of the most hardworking creatures on Earth, it’s safe to say that they need sleep to do their tasks the next day. 

However, this raises the question: do bees hold each other’s legs when they sleep? The answer is yes! Why do bees hold each other’s legs? To keep themselves comfortable while sleeping. Bees have a specific sleeping position and they also hold their legs in special ways. 

So this article will teach you how to check if your bee is healthy and happy.

The leg position of bees when sleeping

When bees are sleeping, they do so in a variety of ways. The most common is called “holding feet.” Bees hold each other’s legs to keep themselves comfortable while they sleep. This is done by twisting the front legs around each other and then holding them by locking the feet together, creating a stable and secure structure that allows them to rest peacefully. 

Bees also tend to sleep in groups—another way they can help each other out when resting! A group of bees will often return home after working together all day long on various tasks such as pollinating flowers or collecting nectar for honey production at home. Once back at their nest site, the exhausted workers will congregate into tight balls before engaging in some good old-fashioned R&R (rest & relaxation). 

They’ll link up with one another by grabbing onto nearby antennae or legs—and sometimes even heads—until everyone has formed an interconnecting chain of bodies lying horizontally on top of one another just like kids playing “Red Rover.” 

Why do bees hold each other’s legs?

Bees hold each other’s legs to keep themselves comfortable. When you hold someone’s leg, it doesn’t matter if it’s a person or a bee, you can get a lot more comfortable.

Bees also hold legs to keep themselves in the same position. If they’re sleeping with a bunch of other bees they want to stay close together and make sure they don’t move around too much during slumber. This will help them conserve energy and avoid getting cold outside of their nest. Bees have been known to sleep on top of one another too, which is great because then they don’t have any room left over for predators trying to sneak up on them while they catch some shut eye!

Bees also like holding each others’ legs because it helps them stay warm while they snooze away at night. Bees love napping under blankets — especially ones made by humans who have been doused in honey syrup beforehand!

Why sleeping position matters for bees

While bees need to be able to move their legs in order to walk, they also need their limbs free when they sleep. Bees hold their legs up during hibernation, but most of the time, they keep them tucked away in these little pockets in their bodies. The little pockets are called coxal cavities and they’re found on all four sides of each segmented section of a bee’s body (think: abdomen). The cavities are especially useful for holding onto stingers or other extremities that might get damaged or lost if not tucked away safely.

This brings us to another important reason why bees hold feet when they sleep: warmth! In cold temperatures, having your legs tucked away can help keep you warm by increasing body heat through increased surface area contact with your fellow sleeping buddies—and vice versa for hot climates like Arizona where it’s common sense not to wear pants outside because it’s too hot out there already without adding extra layers onto your body!

Other ways bees use to keep themselves comfortable during sleep

Bees also use their antennae to feel for vibrations. They can use them in a way similar to how we use our hands, although they don’t have fingers and thumbs.

They also use their legs and wings to feel for vibrations. Bees have a very good sense of touch, so this allows them to find food and other things in their environment quickly!

Bees have many different ways that they can hold onto something or someone safely when sleeping!

Do bees sleep with groups?

Yes, but it’s not quite as exciting as you might think. Bees don’t hold hands or snuggle up together like a bunch of puppies—they actually just hang out on the same branch or in the same hive. When bees aren’t foraging for food or cleaning the hive, they’ll rest at night in a cluster called a “snuggle.” The snuggle is made up of hundreds of thousands (or sometimes even millions) of these tiny creatures who all hang out together on the same branch or surface inside their nest to keep warm and cozy.

So, how many bees are needed to make a snuggle? The exact number depends on how large your nest is and how crowded it gets during cold weather weeks! In general though: if there are more than 10 million workers then we’d say that qualifies as having enough room.

How to check a good sleeping bee

It is vitally important to check whether a bee is sleeping and, if so, whether it is doing so with other bees. If you don’t know how to determine if a bee is sleeping, the following can help:

  • Look at the bee’s eyes. If they’re closed and it isn’t moving, there’s pretty good chance that it’s asleep.
  • Check to see if there are any other bees around. If there are and they’re all holding each other’s legs together in an odd way that doesn’t seem like something people would do but rather some kind of ritualistic behavior performed by trained animals (like bears), then chances are good that these bees are indeed sleeping together in what may be considered “contact hibernation.” 
  • Bees do this often as part of their socialization process—it helps them stay close together when they go into cold weather hibernation during winter months—but we humans don’t understand why exactly this happens because our brains aren’t wired like theirs yet we still find them fascinating creatures with whom we share the planet!


Bees are amazing creatures, and they have so much to offer. It’s crazy how they can hold hands and sleep! I hope this article has helped you learn more about bee sleeping habits, so that next time you see a group of bees snoozing away together on the ground or in flowers, you’ll understand what’s going on.