Science: Telling the Bees

How doth the little busy bee

Improve each shining hour . . .

In a new book, Bees (Cornell University Press; $3), Professor Karl von Frisch of the University of Munich sets out to improve on Poet Isaac Watts's description.

In each hive commune, says Dr. von Frisch, a few bees are honey scouts. They patrol the neighborhood looking for new-opened flowers. Their big, compound eyes see well, but they do not see what human eyes see. Blind to red, a bee sees a clear red flower as grey. But at the other end of...

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