The beekeeper provided food for the colony, a mixture of sugar water and essential oils. She told us that in the autumn there are less flowers to provide pollen and nectar, but also that once the weather drops to 15 degrees or colder, blooming flowers will stop producing quality nectar, which means the bees in an urban hive require extra nutrients to prepare for winter.
Our hive will remain on the roof top over the winter. The remaining members of the hive will cluster close together around the queen and vibrate their wings to maintain a balmy temperature between 32-35 degrees Celsius. Even today, we were able to hold our hand over the hive and feel the heat generated by the bees.