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Bisected Humble Bees

Nature volume 24, page 357 | Download Citation

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I TOO have frequently observed humble bees lying dead or stupefied under lime-trees, sun-flowers, and some other plants, and once I saw a Staphylinus, commonly known as Black Cock-tail, or Devil's Coach-horse, nip a humble bee in two, and on passing that way later I found that it had cleared out the honey-bag and left the two halves of the bee on the path, as described by your correspondent. I have known boys catch humble bees and eat the honey in them; and probably many other animals have learned how to get at the sweet drop.

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    • THOS. MCK. HUGHES

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