Edgar's Victory, and Other Stories, Repr. from Peter Parley's Annuals

Edgar's Victory, and Other Stories, Repr. from Peter Parley's Annuals

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...When the queen moves over the combs depositing her eggs, a cluster of bees encircle her, backing respectfully as she advances, and each bee being desirous of touching her with its antennae, the action is most expressive indeed. At every turn of affairs in the hive the antennae are in active requisition. The queen herself would be no queen without them." Sir Henry explained one strange feature of bee life, that of the mysterious change produced in common worker eggs by merely altering the form of their cells and the kind of food given to the larvae. He stated that when a hive is deprived of its queen and no royal cells had been formed, the workers proceed to transform and enlarge a common cell, containing a worker egg, sacrificing without scruple the eggs or larvae in the cells adjoining, and instead of feeding the worm on the ordinary food of the young bees, the altered and enlarged cell is supplied with a peculiar, rich, and nourishing jelly. The jelly is truly bread, containing albuminous compound. Charlie read to us from Langstroth's valuable book on the honey bee the following passage, which describes facts quite novel to us all, and most perplexing and wonderful from whatever point of view they may be regarded: --"The effects produced by their peculiar treatment upon the common egg, chosen by the workers to succeed to the privileges and duties of a queen are so wonderful that they have usually been rejected as idle whims by those who have not been eye-witnesses to them, nor acquainted with the opportunities enjoyed by others for actual observation. They are not only contrary to all common analogies, but so marvellously strange and improbable that many when asked to believe them think that an insult is offered to their common sense....show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236644204
  • 9781236644206