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Bisected Humble Bees

Nature volume 24, page 358 | Download Citation



I NOTICE the same phenomenon here, under the sycamore trees, when they are in blossom, which your correspondent Mr. Masheder observed recently under his lime trees, namely, the heads and thoracic segments of severed humble bees lying on the ground, with legs and wings attached, still retaining their vitality in some cases, but without any trace of the abdominal segments, for the sake of whose contents, no doubt, the bees were destroyed. We have no fly-catchers here. I suspect the tomtits, which are abundant in the vicinity of this wholesale apicide, but I have no direct evidence of their guilt.

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  1. Beragh, Co. Tyrone, August 15

    • R. V. D.


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