Ever since honey bees were used by man, they have been misunderstood and mischaracterized. Wild speculations and conclusions abounded with little to no regard to critical analysis; believing the queen to be a king; calling bee larvae grubs, worms, caterpillars and maggots; banging on pots and pans to make swarms alight; calling bees honey-flies.
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Swammerdam in colorfully labelled the wax moth as the Bee Wolf. Anthropomorphism: Assigning human emotions and traits to other living things. Before science and careful observation became the norm, beekeepers used fanciful and creative imagination to express the behavior of the honey bee. Note the following examples:. Fable or fact?
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Folklore of 19 th century England and America in parts of the South, relates that mourners at funerals would rap on hives to inform the bees of the death of a family member. Some even dressed their hives in funeral garb to pacify the bees. People noticed that bees would take the loss at heart and would alight on coffins in respect, but little did they realize that the bees were merely securing varnish, or resin, from the coffins, not mourning the deceased.
Queens, especially, were given over to fanciful flights of imagination. Xenophon, a Greek general and historian in B. Swarms galore. Swammerdam 4 in the 18th century, cited a hive that issued multiple swarms and those swarms in turn swarmed again and again, producing no less than 30 colonies in a single season. I doubt it.
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Colonies typically issue a single, or prime swarm, sometimes followed by one or two smaller, after swarms. However, Africanized colonies may swarm or abscond. Peculiar matings. In , M. Reaumur 6 of France stated in that he thought matings to occur within the hive. Davitte of Georgia claimed to have mated many queens in a large, circular tent with free flying drones; others have tried matings in greenhouses and boxes. In the mids, some claimed to have hand-mated queens with success. I have hand-mated several different species of giant silk moths, obtaining hybrids that would have been impossible to obtain through natural matings, but I doubt it will work using honey bees.
In , R. Huish 7 said that after queens laid eggs in the cells they were then fertilized by drones. He reasoned since that there were no drones in the early part of the year to mate with queens, they, the queens, laid eggs in the late Fall, which remained dormant all Winter and then hatched in early Spring. In , Dr.
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Donhoff of Germany reported that he took a drone egg from its cell and artificially fertilized it and it became a worker. I passed this on to renowned bee inseminator expert Susan Cobey. She stated that it did not likely happen, given the state of the art at that time. The great unwashed.
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Langstroth 3. He was advised to render painless a bee sting by deliberately making another bee sting the same spot as the first, which he did. The hapless Rev. A shot of poisonous venom times two! Hissy fits. Such alarm is entirely uncalled for. An article in the March 5, Des Moines Register reports that beekeeper Deb Willard says that bees generally leave humans alone unless their queen or hive are threatened. This seems like comparing bees surrounding and protecting their queen to Secret Service agents surrounding and protecting the U.
I recall that on a trip to Rocky Point of Baja California rains produced puddles everywhere, producing myriads, yes billions, of mosquitoes in this desert coast. When we stepped outside, tens of hundreds of mosquitoes began their blood sucking all over our white, delicate bodies, but the native Mexicans standing right next to us had nary a mosquito on them. It may be that bees are attracted to sting those with unique body odors. Emotional highs. A beekeeper in days of yore, wrote that newly emerging workers were an occasion of joy and excitement to the older workers.
Nothing could be farther from the truth, as these young ones are jostled and pushed aside because they are apparently in the way of their busy, older sisters. Wildman, of pre, said he witnessed newly hatched workers gathering pollen and honey the same day they emerged from their cells. A tall tale. These babies do very little for their first three days but after the third day they clean cells and by the sixth day their nursing glands kick in and they begin to feed larvae. When bees are deprived of their queen the Rev.
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