The Bee People: Chapters 15 & 16

Chapter 15: Honey and Honey Dew Miss Apis is probably as proud of her hive she gets stored full of honey and bee-bread, as your mother is of her pantry when she gets the jelly and preserves done in the fall […] It is a very cunning art to take nectar from the flowers and […]

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The Bee People: Chapters 10 & 11

Chapter 10: Miss Apis and Her Sisters Laden with pollen and nectar, Miss starts homeward. People used to think she flew in a straight line to the hive and so they called the shortest distance from one place to another in a “bee line”. But she does not fly in a straight line, – far […]

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The Bee People: Chapters 8 & 9

Miss Apis can hear and she can smell, though just how she hears, since she has no ears and just how she smells since she has no nose, puzzled people for a long time. The truth is she is able to do these things because of her antennae, which, you remember, are the two feelers […]

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The Bee People: Chapter 3

In the process of sharing this third installment of Bee People, I FINALLY found my answer to why all I see on my lavender plants is fuzzy bumble bees and nary a honey bee. Balfour et al just published convincing evidence (points from abstract below) in Ecological Entomology. Maybe I shouldn’t have pulled my borage […]

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The Bee People – Chapter 2

Chapter 2 – Apis Mellifica and Her Eyes Here comes a little brown lady whose name is Apis Mellifica. She is making her wings go so fast that they buzz like a humming-top. Straight as a, arrow she goes to that morning-glory flower. All at once the buzzing stops; little Miss Apis has landed feet […]

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The Bee People – Chapter 1

Over the time we will spend together, I will share with you words and illustrations from the M. Morely book The Bee People. Published 1899; self-illustrated designed for third to fifth grade readers with goal to learn “how to observe”. If you would like to skip ahead and read it all, it is available here but […]

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