3357Re: [beemonitoring] Mexican Bees in England
- May 15, 2014Anita,The quinine ‘adulteration’ is news to me.I do know that sugar was available ‘for the feeding of bees,’ but the supply was tightly controlled. I believe apiarists had to keep accurate records of honey yields. Documentation of honey production substantiated (to some degree) the legitimacy of the special sugar allotment.I seem to remember you could not obtain honey IN ADDITION TO sugar: ‘one or t’other.’ I recall the guilty glee when my father received a jar of undocumented honey ‘under the counter’ from Uncle Thomas, his colleague in London. Mother disapproved strongly of this ‘black-market honey!’ even tho’ it cost us not a penny, and refused to taste it.Michael RiisagerSent from Windows MailThat is a bunch of hogwash.
Bees were abundant in England during the war. As here, beekeepers were allowed to buy lots of sugar beyond normal rationing quantities. It was spiked with quinine, which the bees don't mind, but people do. Sorry can't remember were I learned that. I know for a fact that Brother Adam and the priory where he lived had bees. He is/was a noted honey bee breeder, collecting geographic races from around Europe to develop disease resistant stocks. Buckfast was their "brand" name.
I can check with International Bee Research Assoc. if anyone really needs references. they are based in Wales.
Anita CollinsIf we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research.
Albert EinsteinDear Michael:I like your explanation the best of all and am sending it to my Australian (Sydney side) friend. She insists that this tale of Mexican bees introduced to England was on a program produced by the ABC. Once it reaches the internet (if it hasn't already) it will be immortal.PeterOn Wed, May 14, 2014 at 11:01 AM, MICHAEL RIISAGER <pmichaelriisager@...> wrote:I can personally vouch for, as a kid in London and London suburbs before, during and after WW II that honey bee colonies were alive and flourishing. A friend’s neighbor in Upminster, Essex, and a colleague of my father in a London Square kept hives going throughout the Blitz, ‘Doodle-bugs,’ and ballistic missiles.I suppose the Mexican bees were transmitted via the periscopes of German U-Boats and trained to send encoded messages (Spanish or German??) via bee-dances to the Luftwaffe.Amazing, ain’t it, the spontaneous generation of poppycock (or ‘pappe-cac,’ a closer approximation to the original Dutch...).Sent from Windows MailApparently another urban myth. You might want to check this site History of Honey Bees in the United KingdomJohn L. Neff
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