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Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee

Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee by L. L. Langstroth
By: (1810-1895)

Langstroth revolutionized the beekeeping industry by using bee space in his top opened hive. In the summer of 1851 he found that, by leaving an even, approximately bee-sized space between the top of the frames holding the honeycomb and the flat coverboard lying above, he was able to quite easily remove the latter, which was normally well cemented to the frames with propolis making separation hard to achieve. Later he had the idea to use this discovery to make the frames themselves easily removable. He found that, if he left a small space (less than 1/4 inch or 6.4 mm) between the combs, or between the combs and the sides of his hives, the bees would fill it with propolis thus cementing the combs into the hive. On the other hand, when he left a larger space (more than 3/8 inch or 9.5 mm) the bees would fill it with comb which had a similar effect.

First Page:

[Illustration:

So work the Honey Bees. Creatures that by a rule in Nature, teach The art of order to a peopled kingdom. Shakspeare. ]

[Illustration: Worker. Drone. Queen.

The above are a very accurate representations of the QUEEN, the WORKER and the DRONE. The group of bees in the title page, represents the attitude in which the bees surround their Queen or Mother as she rests upon the comb.]

LANGSTROTH ON THE HIVE AND THE HONEY BEE,

A Bee Keeper's Manual,

BY

REV. L. L. LANGSTROTH.

[Illustration: EVERY GOOD MOTHER SHOULD BE THE HONORED QUEEN OF A HAPPY FAMILY.]

NORTHAMPTON: HOPKINS, BRIDGMAN & COMPANY. 1853.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1853, by L. L. LANGSTROTH, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.

C. A. MIRICK, PRINTER, GREENFIELD.

PREFACE.

This Treatise on the Hive and the Honey Bee, is respectfully submitted by the Author, to the candid consideration of those who are interested in the culture of the most useful as well as wonderful Insect, in all the range of Animated Nature... Continue reading book >>


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