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The queens whole life is an entire sacrifice to the manifold, everlasting being whereof she forms part. It is strange to note that it was not always so. We find even today, among the melliferous hymenoptera, all the stages of progressive civilization of our own domestic bee. At the bottom of the scale we find her working alone, in wretchedness, often not seeing her offspring (the prosopis, the Colletes, etc.); sometimes living in the midst of the limited family that she produces annually (as in the case of the bumble-bee). Then she forms temporary associations (the Panurgi, the Dasypodoe, the Hacliti, etc.) and at last we arrive, through successive stages, at the almost perfect but pitiless society of our hives, where the individual is entirely merged in the republic, and the republic in its turn invariably sacrificed to the abstract and immortal city of the future.
|I.||On the Threshold of the Hive||3|
|III.||The Foundation of the City||131|
|IV.||The Life of the Bee||159|
|V.||The Young Queens||233|
|VI.||The Nuptial Flight||295|
|VII.||The Massacre of the Males||347|
|VIII.||The Progress of the Race||363|
Posted January 29, 2012
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