National Geographic : 1935 Apr
"LOOK, THERE GOES A BIG DRONE!" The children are studying the brood nest of the glass-walled observation hive in the Smithsonian Institution,Washington, D.C . (see drawing, page 412). In the glass dome on top, bees have begun to construct the irregular honey combs they make when unguided by frames. The fountain jar (right) con tains sugar syrup, fed to the bees when nectar is scarce. Behind it slopes a long glass passageway used when the bees garner nectar outside. (~)Kurt and Margot Lubinski A FALLWOULD SPILL PANDEMONIUM! Netherland country folk bring their bee skeps formiles tothe Veenendaal market, where bidders lift the colonies toestimate the honey content (see illustration, opposite page). Inmates ofthe heavier hives are"brimstoned" killed by sulphur fumes-and the honey isremoved, while the lighter ones are kept through the winterinthe hope that they will make more honey during the next season.