Honey Bees do in fact sleep, though there is always significant activity in the hive 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Research done in 1988 shows that, occasionally, Honey Bees will take rest and become relaxed, their body temperature drops, and they become unresponsive. Their sleep is not exactly like human sleep, but it is considered a form of sleep.
All the bees at Brookfield Farm, in Maple Falls, Washington are tucked up in their clusters in their hives. Some are probably asleep, some awake. It depends on their age and their job. But none are getting a good 40 winks, unless a “wink” is a second. Bees sleep in small naps, but some sleep more regularly than others. What follows is what I have gleaned from my readings…
Are these New Mexican bees asleep or sleeping it off? You decide.
Sing me a lullaby
in a key I recognize
sweet sounds of paradise
attempts to hypnotize
help me anesthesize
Please, sing me a lullaby