National Geographic : 1959 Aug
Hooded Honey Hunter Reaps a Golden Reward Gathering wild honey calls for the skills of beekeeper, woods man, logger, and surveyor. Experts trap a score of wild bees, feed them syrup, and re lease them at widely spaced points. Plotting the captives' lines of flight and the time they take to go to the hive and re turn, the hunters pinpoint the honey tree. Swathed in gloves and canvas veil, this New England honey fancier breaks open a felled tree. Scraping away dirt and rotting wood, he removes the coveted comb. Few inmates of the hive re sist. The shock of the falling tree stuns the colony; smoke pots keep the peace. This cache yielded 42 pounds of honeycomb. Like stacked waffles, gleam ing sections of comb lie beside their stupefied owners. Wild colonies plundered in autumn face certain starvation. These bees, robbed in midsum mer, may rebuild and survive.