British Bee-farming; Its Profits And Pleasures

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byJames F. Robinson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...if the hive is not sufficiently populous to throw off another swarm, the two queens fight; the victor reigns afterwards supreme over the colony. In this case, Huber states, she uses her sting to destroy her rival. The queen lays the eggs, which may produce workers, drones, or queens. Langstroth, the noted American apiarian, who has devoted many years to the study of bees, says, "It has been noticed that the queen-bee usually commences laying very early in the season, and always long before there are any males in the hive." How, then, are her eggs impregnated? Francis Huber, off Geneva, by a long course of indefatigable investigations, threw much light upon this subject. He ascertained that, like many other insects, she was fecundated in the open air and on the wing, and that the effect lasts for several years, and probably for life. To his amazement he found that unwedded queens laid eggs, but they always produced drones. He tried this experiment repeatedly, but always with the same result. Bee-keepers, even from the time of Aristotle, had observed that all the brood in a hive were occasionally drones. Before attempting to explain this astonishing fact, I must call the attention of the reader to another of the mysteries of the bee-hive. It has always been stated that the workers are proved by dissection to be females, which, under ordinary circumstances, are barren. Occasionally some of them appear to be sufficiently developed to be capable of laying eggs; but these eggs, like those of unwedded queens, always produce drones. Sometimes, when a colony which has lost its queen despairs of obtaining another, these dronelaying workers are exalted to her place, and treated with equal regard by the bees. The eggs of bees are of a...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...if the hive is not sufficiently populous to throw off another swarm, the two queens fight; the victor reigns af...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:68 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217912486

ISBN - 13:9780217912488

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