Do honey bees leave the hive in the winter and return in the spring? Ours are gone now.
This question makes me sad. No, honey bees do not leave and return. If they are gone, they’re not coming back. They may have absconded, meaning they abandoned their hive and selected another location to live, or the colony may have died out for one reason or another. I can’t say much more without knowing the details. Depending on where you live, it is remotely possible that a different colony might move into your old equipment, but it’s not something you should count on. If you want to continue keeping bees, you need to acquire a new colony.