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A Person's Breath Offensive And Other Causes

Bee Keeping: Mysteries Of Bee-keeping Explained

The breath of a person inside the hive, or among them, when clustered

outside, is considered in the tribunals of their insect wisdom as the

greatest indignity. A sudden jar, sometimes made by carelessly turning

up the hive, is another. After being once thoroughly irritated in this

way, they remember it for weeks, and are continually on the alert; the

moment the hive is touched, they are ready to salute a person's face.

When slides of tin or zinc are used to cut off the communication

between the hives and boxes, some of the bees are apt to be crushed or

cut in two. This they remember, and retaliate, as occasion offers; and

it may be when quietly walking in the apiary.