TO BE OR NOT TO BEE - Seeing an American Bumble Bee on one of the last Zinnias in the garden made me wonder what bees do in the winter? An Internet search: Most bees and wasps hibernate during the winter. Honeybees, however, don't go dormant. Honeybees can survive the cold winter and remain active, despite the frigid temperatures and lack of flowers and pollen by huddling up in the hive. My field guide says the Bumble Bee's Queen overwinters and nests underground.