This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
It has been clearly demonstrated by Australian experience that the honey bee can open flowers from outside as well as the humble-bee in this country. We have never had any doubt ourselves that they do manage to cut open grapes somehow, and eat them; but as good entomologists declare that their tongues are not equal to the task, it was not wise to argue the point too strongly. But now that it has been clearly proved that they can cut open flowers to get the honey easy, there is no reason why they cannot cut a delicate grape skin also. We now regard the question settled. Bees do cut into and eat grapes, and to that extent are an injury to the fruit grower.