This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The honey bees,like many other creatures, seem to profit by experience and grow wise in their generations. Every year there is increasing trouble in Germantown gardens from the ravages of bees on grapes. We never knew the fruit to be so badly injured as last year by them. It may be that the very dry season was unfavorable to clover, and other blossoms, and they were driven by necessity to feed on the grape. But however this may be, we fear they will not forget in the future how good grapes are. To be sure, a bee only lives one season, but we suppose an acquired habit is in some degree hereditary.