How bees in the wild cope with rain

wet wild nest 4

This particular wild nest faces a northerly direction and was very exposed to rain coming with the North-Westerly winds a few days ago.

The bees clustered together, with the bulk of the colony deep within the nest and sheltered by the comb. The outer layer of worker bees took the brunt of the wet and windy weather. They kept their heads tucked in and their wings channelled the water off their bodies to keep the nest dry. Seldom do bees fly in rain.