Bees as embalmers
BEES AS EMBALMERS. Bee.3 can embalm as well as any un- i dertakcr. All intruder on their hives are slain ana eniDaimea careiuny. it a worm, or a roach, or any insect blunders into a hive, the bees fall up- I on him and slay him with their stings. To get the corpse out wor.M b- a difficulty; therefore, embalming it, thc-y let it remain. The embalming process of the bees 13 simple. Tt consists in covering the corpse with a hermetic coat of pure wax. Within this air-tight envelope the body remains fresh. It cannot in any way contaminate the hive." When a snail blunders in among the bees, they can not kill him on account of the protection of his shell. So they embalm him alive. They cover him, shell and all, with snowy w;.x. He is a prisoner whom only death -releases. '