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The early career is singularly uniform. First they hang about

the comb from which they emerged, and spend their time—in rather a lay.. y and desultory manner—in cleaning out the cells and making them fit for further use. As their zeal and capacity' increase and the instinct for flight in the open air develops, they advance to the work of feeding the grubs. As a rule they devote themselves chief to the care of the elder grubs when first taking up the new nuties, not attending to the younger till later in their career. As the year advances each working bee becomes a Melissa : she devotes herself to the care of honey ; to the making of cells and the collection

of the nectar. • •