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Bee Keeping: Mysteries Of Bee-keeping Explained

The careless, unreflecting observer, when seeing the bees enter the

hive with a pellet of pollen on each of their posterior legs, is very

apt to conclude that it must be material for comb, as it appears unlike

honey. So little regard is paid to the matter by many people, that they

are unable to imagine any other use for it. Others suppose that it will

change from that to honey, after being stored a time in the hive, and

wonder at the curious phenomenon; but when asked how long a time must

elapse before it takes place, they cannot tell exactly, but they "have

found cells where it began to change, as a portion near the outer end

of the cell had become honey, and no doubt the remainder would in

time." It has been remarked that cells were only filled about

two-thirds full of this, and finished with honey; now when any one

finds a cell filled to the brim with pollen, and no honey, such

reasoning will apply better. If this was the case, by examining at

different periods through the summer, we certainly should find some

cells before the change had commenced, instead of their always being in

just this stage of transition.