The Honey Bee: Its Natural History, Physiology, and Management

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Carey and Hart, 1843 - Bee culture - 119 pages
 

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Page 112 - Blithe to salute the sunny smile of morn. O'er thymy downs she bends her busy course, And many a stream allures her to its source. "Tis noon, 'tis night. That eye so finely wrought, Beyond the search of sense, the soar of thought, Now vainly asks the scenes she left behind; Its orb so full, its vision so confined! Who guides the patient pilgrim to her cell ? Who bids her soul with conscious triumph swell ? With conscious truth retrace the mazy clue Of summer-scents, that charmed her as she flew ?...
Page 28 - Cling to the bud, and, with inserted tube. Suck its pure essence, its ethereal soul ; And oft, with bolder wing, they soaring dare The purple heath, or where the wild thyme grows, And yellow load them with the luscious spoil.
Page 95 - I made a quiet, not loud, but distinct noise ; the nearest antennae immediately moved towards me ; I repeated the noise at least a dozen times, and it was followed every time by the same motion of that organ, till at length the insect being alarmed, became agitated and violent in its motions.
Page 77 - ... monster, the head of which is moulded in the clay of the hive, a bee is constantly stationed, whose office is no sinecure*, for the hole is so small, he has to draw back every time a bee wishes to enter or leave the hive.
Page 114 - If we were better acquainted with the histories of those insects that are formed into societies, as the bees, wasps, and ants, I make no doubt but we should find that their arts and improvements are not so similar and uniform as they now appear to us, but that they arose, in the same manner, from experience and tradition, as the arts of our own species ; though their reasoning is from fewer ideas, is busied about fewer objects, and is exerted with less energy.
Page 19 - As ballast keeps th" unsteady vessel right. But of all customs that the bees can boast, 'Tis this may challenge admiration most ; That none will Hymen's softer joys approve, Nor waste their spirits in luxurious love, But all a long virginity maintain, And bring forth young without a mother's pain : From herbs and...
Page 52 - Bees,' though sometimes rather Darwinian, is extremely interesting and true to nature, gives in his notes this affecting anecdote : — ' A queen in a thinly-peopled hive lay on a honeycomb apparently dying ; six workers surrounded her, seemingly in intent regard ; quivering their wings as if to fan her, and with extended stings, as if to keep off intruders or assailants. On presenting them honey, though it was eagerly devoured by the other bees, the guards were so completely absorbed in their mournful...
Page 63 - may I say, These, Britons! are my instruments of witchcraft ; but I cannot show you my hours of attention to this subject, my anxiety and care for these useful insects ; nor can I communicate to you my experience, acquired during a course of years...
Page 102 - An exceedingly small needle being also examined, the point thereof appeared above a quarter of an inch in breadth, not round nor flat, but irregular and unequal; and the surface, though extremely smooth and bright to the naked eye, seemed full of ruggedness, holes, and scratches. In short, it resembled an iron bar out of a smith's forge.
Page 123 - Indeed he says that he has had swarming bees alight upon his hand, and drop warm wax upon it. Its being secreted only by the under side of the belly might easily deceive, and lead him to regard it as alvine excrement. That minute and accurate observer Butler, though evidently not aware of the secretory process by which wax is generated, noticed that in fresh swarms, the bees came in without any pollen upon their thighs, and therefore supposed the mouth to be the vehicle for conveying it. " When they...

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