My friends and I were lucky enough to find a swarm of bees while they were swarming! We (mostly my friends) collected the bees and put them into a frame around Earth Day this year, and by this fall, we had a couple of quarts of honey, and they had enough left to last the winter. But how do they last when no flowers are blooming and it is so cold and wet? Here is a great article about it. It sounds like they are just hunkering down and solidifying their community. I am down with that!