Charles Darwin and Bees

publication date: May 29, 2009
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Bee World
Vol. 40 (12) pp. 297 - 303
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Date
December 1959
 
Article Title

Charles Darwin and Bees

Author(s)

A. D. Brian and E. E. Crane

Abstract

This article celebrated the centenary of The origin of species and looks at Darwin's interest in bees. Bees are referred to but twice in his writings yet there is evidence that he took a personal interest in the insects and particularly their comb building activities and their role as pollinators. His notes and observations on both these activities are examined in detail. His observations on honey bees and bumblebees are scrutinised.

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