Bees: A Study from Vergil

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S. R. Winchell & Company, 1889 - Bee culture - 15 pages

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Page 11 - Curates,1* they fed the king of heaven under the Dictaean cave. They alone have their offspring in common, share the building of a city in common, and pass their lives under powerful laws ; and they alone have a country of their own, and a fixed abode. And, mindful of the coming winter, they experience toil in summer, and lay up their acquisitions into the common stock. For some...
Page 7 - ... pumice-stones, and the cavity of a rotten tree. But do thou, carefully cherishing, daub their chinky chambers round with smooth mud, and strew it thinly over with leaves; and suffer not a yew near their...
Page 14 - They are wrathful above measure, and when provoked breathe venom into their stings, and leave their hidden darts fixed in the veins and lay down their lives in the wound.
Page 10 - I draw close to my labours' utmost bound, furling my sails, and hastening to turn my prow to land, perhaps...
Page 8 - ... brass rouses the loiterers, and a voice is heard resembling the broken sounds of trumpets. Then in a hurry they assemble, quiver with their wings, sharpen their stings upon their beaks, prepare their sinews, crowd thick around their king and to his pavilion, and with loud hummings challenge the foe.
Page 5 - He was misled probably by the old-world learning newly revived in his day; and, in his allusions to the "magnanimous leaders, the manners and employments, the tribes and battles of the race...
Page 8 - DAVIDSON. fields of air open, forth they rush from their gates; they join battle: buzzing sounds arise in the sky aloft: mingled they cluster in a mighty round, and fall headlong : hail rains not thicker from the air, nor such quantities of acorns from the shaken oak. The kings themselves amidst the hosts, distinguished by their wings, exert mighty souls in little bodies ; obstinately determined not to yield till the dread victor has compelled either these or those to turn their backs in flight.
Page 6 - ... for winter congeals the honey with its cold and the heat melts and dissolves the same ; either force is equally dreaded by the bees.
Page 9 - ... mouth. The others shine and sparkle with brightness, glittering with gold. This is the better breed ; from these at stated seasons of the sky you will get the luscious honey.
Page 11 - Narcissus' tears,* and clammy gum from the bark of trees, for the foundation of the combs ; then build into arches the viscid wax.. These, on the other hand, bring up and tend the younger ones, the hope of the nation ; others again, distend the cells with liquid nectar, "f One other circumstance connected with the lime deserves mention : it is one of the trees upon which the mistletoe occasionally grows.

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