Bees and Bee-keeping: A Plain, Practical Work; Resulting from Years of Experience and Close Observation in Extensive Apiaries, Both in Pennsylvania and California. With Directions how to Make Bee-keeping a Desirable and Lucrative Business, and for Shipping Bees to California (Google eBook)
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Page 28 - peep;' the unhatched queen responding, but in a somewhat hoarser tone, owing to her confined situation. This parley, as Butler calls it, continued for several hours together, with intervals of about a minute.
Page 42 - ... from the first. The royal larvae are supplied with it rather profusely, and there is always some of it left in the cell after their transformation. Schirach, who was secretary to the Apiarian Society in Upper Lusatia, and vicar of Little Bautzen, may be regarded as the discoverer, or rather as the promulgator of this fact ; and his experiments, which were also frequently repeated by other members of the Lusatian society, have been amply confirmed by those of Huber, Bonner, Dunbar, Golding, and...
Page 28 - ... second swarm. The shrill sound proceeds from the reigning queen, and seems to express her rage and disappointment at being baffled by the watchful guardians of the unhatched queen, from whom the hoarse sound comes. In the afternoon of the same day the last mentioned female left her cell. I saw her come forth in majesty, finely and delicately formed, but smaller than the other.
Page 84 - ... varying in form and relative proportion, till the requisite size, namely that of the cells which they are approaching, has been attained. The following outlines will serve to convey to the reader the regular steps in this progressive increase. The same gradation is observed when returning to smaller cells. Every apparent regularity is therefore determined by a sufficient motive, and forms no impeachment of the sagacity of the bee. The common breeding-cells of drones or workers are...
Page 59 - ... of some species of fish, open to the right and left, and serve instead of hands, to carry out of the hive whatever encumbers or offends them. In the mouth there is a long proboscis, or trunk, with which the bees suck up the sweets from the flowers. They have four wings fastened to their middle part, by which they are not only enabled to fly with heavy loads, but also to make those well known sounds and hummings to each other that are supposed to be their only form of speech.
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Page 41 - ... with royal jelly; this royal jelly is a pungent food, prepared by the working bees exclusively for the purpose of feeding such of the...
Page 28 - ... of one or two days old. Two of these royal cells advanced more rapidly than the rest, probably from the larvae being of an age the fittest for the purpose ; four came on more slowly, and three made no progress after the third day. On the seventh day, the two first were sealed, two more were nearly so, but neither...
Page 35 - When the pupa is about to change into the perfect insect, the bees render the cover of the cell thinner by gnawing away part of the wax ; and with so much nicety do they perform this operation, that the cover at last becomes pellucid, owing to its extreme thinness.
Page 47 - I discovered a bag, lying on what may be called the vagina or common oviduct, whose mouth or opening was external, but it had a canal of communication betwixt it and the common oviduct. In dissecting these parts, before copulation, I found this bag empty ; and when I dissected them afterwards, I found it full.