It is common for only bumblebee queens to survive the winter. To do this they seek a sheltered place and enter a state of torpor to survive the winter. Queens bury themselves in well-drained soil on northfacing banks, reducing the likelihood of the winter sun warming the soil and waking them. In gardens, compost heaps and potted plants can meet these requirements. Gardeners sometimes disturb overwintering queens. If this happens and the bee remains docile, loosely cover her up again, so she can dig her way out in the spring. If the bee is very active help her on her way by feeding her a sugar solution.