Science: The Reluctant Bee

In the countryside near Vancouver, Apiarist William Feedham saw a farmer casually kick over a full beehive. To Apiarist Feedham's further astonishment, a group of calves tethered a few feet away paid no attention to the milling swarms of bees. "I realized right away," he says, "that the bees in Squamish Valley were vastly different from any I had ever seen before. Obviously they did not sting."

Last week Mr. Feedham, an official of Canada's Honey Producers Association, announced his find: a honey-producing bee that refuses to sting.* He has already raised five "stingless"...

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