This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The relation between bees and flowers is one of increasing interest. A London paper says:
"An interesting experiment is being made in the shipment of two nests of humble bees, which have just left Plymouth for Canterbury, New Zealand. The principal object aimed at in the introduction of these insects into the antipodes is the fertilization of the common clover, the pollen of which the common bee is generally unable to collect, while the 'humble bee,' having a larger proboscis and being much stronger, is able to reach sufficiently deep into the flower to collect the fertilizing dust. It is hoped that by this means the plant will be more generally fertilized, and its cultivation largely extended in the colony. The bees which have just left England for the antipodes were in two separate nests, which had been procured by Mr. Frank Buck-land, and packed in a suitable box, where they were supplied with everything necessary for the voyage, including honey,' farina, water, etc. They are very fine specimens of the humble bee. The exact number is not known, as many of the eggs are not yet hatched.
They are placed under the care of Mr. John Hall, a member of the Council of New Zealand, who takes a stock of ice for the purpose of keeping down the temperature of the nests while passing through the tropics."