Check out the tongues darting out as the bees in our foundationless hive suck up water from the corrugated plastic floor of our combo bottom board.

From what I can tell, morning dew forms naturally inside the corrugated plastic (which might not make it a great floor for the hive). The water doesn’t pool inside the plastic. The hive is slightly tilted downwards to the front entrance where the water drains out slowly — and the bees drink it up.

More photos are posted in the Drinking Bees photo album.

I also took a quick peek under the hood of another hive. It seems to be doing well.

I think we’ll have to feed them soon so all these new bees and the bees that are coming don’t starve before the first dandelions. Come on dandelions, where are you?

8 Responses to “Plastic Flavoured Water?”

  1. Steph in NS says:

    You don’t have coltsfoot flowering yet? It’s been out for a while now in Northern NS.

    • Phillip says:

      We probably have Coltsfoot. I just haven’t seen them because I’ve been working long hours lately with no time to stop and smell the roses.

  2. Emily says:

    Lovely photos! Their eyes look so beady. Good to see them doing so well.

  3. Andreae says:

    I’m waiting for the dandelions, too, but I’ll let the bees get into them before I eat them all. I expect the cherry trees on Pleasant Street will blossom soon, which should be a nice treat for the lovely bee friends!

    One of the seed companies I order from sent a free “save the bees” package of native wildflower seed, which I have planted over here. I hope the bees like them!

  4. Hersteinn says:

    I really like the wide-macros. What type of lens are you using?

    • Phillip says:

      Lens? I wish I had a camera with a real lens. Nope, for these shots I used a little snapshot camera on auto-focus, a Sony Cyber-shot. See this comment for the details:

      I hope to get an all-in-one camera that can shoot HD video, marco shots and can do time-lapse — once I stop spending all my money on bees, that is.

  5. Tonia Moxley says:

    I have to admit, sometimes when I look at close-up photos of bees, for a moment they look like a B-rated alien flick. Those tongues, while pretty cool, are a little strange looking.

    Don’t get me wrong. I love my girls very much. They just freak me out a little sometimes.

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