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Fall Hunting

The main sources of the honey supply are now over, and if the

methods given in the preceding chapters are followed it is

necessary for us to get out on the mountains or fields far distant

from home apiaries and look for the few flowers that have escaped

killing frosts. A few bunches of mountain goldenrod are found here

and there scattered over the mountain-side. A white flower, growing

on a stem about two feet in heigh
, is also found in many

locations. I am unable to give the botanical name of this latter

flower, but every bee hunter who has had much experience has seen

many bees on it when other flowers have ceased to exist or have

been rendered useless by frosts, as a source of honey.

If but a few of these flowers are found growing together and a few

bees are seen on them, sprinkle freely with bait before described,

and in a short time you will find ten bees to where there was one

at first. Now if you start them from goldenrod, scent of almost

anything used in bee hunting will serve to draw them on the course;

but essence of goldenrod is far superior at this season of the

year. As I have before stated, a scent should be used to conform as

nearly as possible to the scent of the flower the bee is working on

at any particular time. It would be a superfluity to explain any

farther, as the same tactics must be followed as described earlier

in this work.