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?