The Bee People

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A.C. McClurg & Company, 1905 - Insects - 168 pages
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Page 161 - How doth the little busy bee Improve each shining hour, And gather honey all the day From every opening flower!
Page 145 - ... a plant does not like to send its young, delicate leaves and flowers into the cold world without wrapping them up, any more than your mother would like to send your baby brother out for the first time without a great deal of such bundling up ;" that the queen bee "is very generous to the young queen, who of course is her own daughter, and leaves all the furniture and silver spoons and everything of that sort behind.
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Page 90 - ... feed him, which they do by allowing him to put his tongue into their mouths. On warm, sunny days, he flies out to see the world and to try his fortune. Occasionally a drone meets the young queen of another hive, also out to see the world. When this happens they mate, but she stays with him only a short time, and then goes back to her own hive and leaves him.
Page 85 - Apis 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 a " bee line." But she does not fly in a straight line, — far from it. Whoever has "made a bee line for home " — that is, a true bee line — must have followed a very indirect course indeed.
Page 87 - Wait until you see her at home ! There is as much work to be done in her house as in anybody's, and she does it too. She works very hard, and, in fact, with her sisters, does all the work. Nobody else in the family does any, and so she is called the worker bee.
Page 109 - When she has pulled out the scales, she moistens them in her mouth with saliva, for they are too brittle at first to be useful. When they are thoroughly moistened and softened, she pulls them out into white bands. Now she is all ready to make honey-cups.
Page 101 - Apis's strength were used up in digesting food, for it takes a good deal of strength to digest food properly, how do you suppose she could lay all those eggs? She could not possibly do it. The workers seem to know this, and so they save her strength in every possible way. They give her an abundance of the best...
Page 113 - A great many loads are necessary to fill one cell, as each bee carries less than a drop at a time. All day long in and out fly the bees, each one leaving her little load of honey to help to fill the honey-comb cells.

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