Has studied CD's Jamaican hive-bees and finds them identical to Apis mellifica.
Discusses the structure of wasps' and bees' nests
and the occurrence of winged and apterous individuals within some insect genera and species.
My dear Sir
I have carefully examined your Hive-bees from Jamaica and can detect not the slighest difference between them & A mollifica dont accept this as my final determination because I intend to have another investigation— You mentioned when here last that y<ou> had a piece of honey-comb—<or> had seen one—in which a beautiful gradation of enlargement in the hexagonal cells was shown—i.e. between worker cells & drone cells— I said that I had seen the same in wasp combs— at that time I was not aware that I had preserved a piece— which I will show you in which by a repeated widening of the cells laterally
in about four rows they became large enough for the Queens or females Qy—are the small Queens—alias large workers—reared in these transition cells?—
I am bothering you with my queries &c— —but
exc<use> me I pray.— There was a very animated discussion here
<yes>terday speakers— D
excuse my troubling you if all this is a twice told tale | and believe me | Yours very
truly | Fred
- f1 2744.f1The bees were sent to CD by Richard Hill. See Correspondence vol. 7, letter from Richard Hill, 26 November 1859.
- f2 2744.f2Francis Polkinghorne Pascoe was a member of the Entomological Society of London. Smith refers to a meeting of the society on 2 April 1860 at which John William Douglas and John Obadiah Westwood exhibited specimens of weevils of the genus Bruchus that infested rice and palm nuts (Transactions of the Entomological Society n.s. 5: (1858--61), Proceedings, pp. 113--14). Presumably the discussion concerned the apterous or near-apterous state of weevils and other insects. The genus Pompilus referred to in the letter comprises the digging-wasps, which provision their nests with spiders. Smith also refers to John Edward Gray and Thomas Vernon Wollaston.
- f3 2744.f3The number of CD's portfolio of notes on instinct.