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Bisected Humble Bees

Nature volume 24, page 357 | Download Citation

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AT your request for information on the above I beg to say that I have observed both the flycatchers alluded to by your correspondent, and also the little blue tit (Parus cærulea) attack the humble bees in the manner described, to extract the honey-bag. This attacking the bees is not, so far as my experience goes, a general characteristic of these birds, and what should lead them to it occasionally I cannot ascertain.

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    Vide papers by the writer, entitled "Statistical Researches on Cancer", Southern Med. and Surg. Journ., new series, vol. ii. pp. 257–293, May 1846. Also "Vital Statistics", illustrated by the "Laws of Mortality from cancer", Western Lancet, Vol. i. pp. 176–190, March, 1872 (San Francisco).

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    • EDWARD PARFITT

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