And it is the honeybee (Apis mellifica) that is the fertilizing agent in Florida when orange blossoms are in bloom, as few other insects are flying at that season. It is a case similar to that of the fertilizing of red-clover blossoms by the bumblebees. The lack of seed on the first crop of red clover is due to the scarcity of bumblebees in early summer. Hence it is easy to see the great importance of the honeybees as pollinating agents on citrus fruit blossoms. More and more of the extensive growers of the State are encouraging the beemen to locate bees in their groves. And some growers even buy bees and put them into their own groves to aid in getting a big crop of fine fruit. And some pay the beemen to come to their groves with bees and are willing to pay a rental for the use of the bees. It has been noticed that those regions that have the finest and most extensive groves and ship the most and finest fruit, are the locations where bees abound.


The sprays used for the white fly and other forms of pests, such as scale and rust, are harmless to the bees, and so this form of good fruit practice does not injure bees, as does the spraying of apple and cherry and peach trees in the North, when the spraying is done too early or too late. Poisonous spray's are, therefore, one obstacle that a Florida beekeeper does not have to fight against.


Altho orange honey (more correctly called orange-blossom honey is the earliest of the