The Spell of the Honey Bee


THIS work stands out above the usual level of beekeeping guide-books. It is written in a pleasant style, beautifully and copiously illustrated, provided with many working drawings of appliances (fully dimensioned and almost free from errors in its references to mathematics and physics-a pleasant change from some we have read. The order adopted is a good one-the history of a colony throughout the year, with diversions to practical beekeeping as occasion suggests. This is followed by a section on hives and appliances, and their making, the practical management of an apiary, the handling of bee produce, and information on pests and diseases. The book concludes with chapters on pollination, bee anatomy and 'mental processes'.

The Spell of the Honey Bee

By W. Eric Kelsey. Pp. viii + 264 + 49 plates., (London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1945.) 15s. net.

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B., A. The Spell of the Honey Bee. Nature 157, 497 (1946).

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