Chapter 4:The Working Class

(Or the Bees That Beekeepers Keep)

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You’ve managed to raise perfect queens. Beautiful, aren’t they? They have a dusky bronze tail fading to gold at the very tip, long legs, and crystal-clear, iridescent wings. Big as a house they are, fat in the middle, and so very long. Those slender golden front legs go all the way to the bottom of a cell. If bees had centerfolds, any one of these beauties would be Miss June for sure.

And, now that the inside of your hive is as clean as you’ve been telling everybody it was all along—there’s no toxic residue, no pest, no disease, no nothing that’s harmful to you, your crop, or your ...

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