The Bee People: Chapter 19

Chapter 19: Fancies and Facts about Bees People used to think the queen-bee was a king and ruled over all the bees in the hive. They thought a hive of bees was a little kingdom, with an army and officers and all sorts of workers […] We know the truth about bees now, and yet […]

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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 13 & 14

Chapter 13: The Work in the Hive – the manufacture of wax Since honey-bees eat almost nothing but pollen and honey, a good store of these has to be laid up for winter use, as well as to feed all the young bees and the drones […] if I tell you there is something very […]

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The Bee People: Chapter 12

Chapter 12: The Queen One would expect to find a mother in so large and flourishing a family, and you will not be surprised to hear that there is one. Queen Apis Mellifica is the mother of the hive, and is by far the most important member of the community, as I suppose a queen […]

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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: Chapters 4 & 5

Chapter IV: Her Honey Sac What do you suppose becomes the of the nectar Miss Apis gathers with her hairy tongue? … She does swallow it but that is not the end of story. When it is swallowed, it passes into a little honey-sac which is not as large as a sweet-pea seed and is […]

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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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