There seems to be many "facts" about bees however here is something I found to be of value published in 1853 that I believe to be truer than most, and the first part applies to more than just beekeeping.

“Most people have not the time, patience, or ability, to set down quietly with close observation, and investigate the subject thoroughly. Hence it has been found easier to receive error for truth, than to make the exertion necessary to confute it; the more so, because there is no guide to direct the investigation.”

Excerpt From: Moses Quinby. “Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/HGPDE.l


“I think it will be an easy matter to show that every departure from simplicity to gain one point, is attended in another by a correspondent evil, that often exceeds the advantage gained. That we have made vast improvements in art and science, and in every department of human affairs, no one will deny; consequently, it is assumed we must correspondingly improve in a bee-hive; forgetting that nature has fixed limits to the instinct of the bee, beyond which she will not go!”

Excerpt From: Moses Quinby. “Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/HGPDE.l