Honey bees don't hibernate or migrate, so how do they stay alive in the winter? Basically, by cuddling. The bees in a hive form what is called a "cluster", which is really a big ball of bees with the queen at the centre. The centre of the cluster is between 32–37 °C, which keeps the queen at the perfect temperature. Honey is stored nearby for the bees to snack on to regain energy. Snacks and friends? Sounds like the perfect 4 month-long slumber party!