Plastic Flavoured Water?

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 thoughts on “Plastic Flavoured Water?

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 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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