must be grouped within a circle of about four miles in diameter, to make a really good pasturage for bees. In other words, there must be many hundreds of acres of groves within flying distance of a given location before such a site can be called a good location for an orange-honey bee-yard.


The blossoms last about four or five weeks, tho not on any one tree, because different soils and care produce differences in earliness of bloom; and different varieties of fruit blossom at varying times, thus lengthening out the period of bloom. Cold, windy weather is almost prohibitive of yields from orange trees. So also is extremely hot, dry weather, which, followed by still, warm, rather humid eights, calls the bees afield from earliest dawn till long after sundown. In good honey flows, bees return to the hives from the groves so filled with nectar and so weary that they drop exhausted on the alighting boards and rest a moment before entering the hives to deposit their precious loads of sweets. The yield in a good season is astonishing. The writer has had a colony on scales thru five weeks of orange bloom, and secured 210 pounds of choice orange-blossom honey in that time, with the highest yield per day 11 3/4 pounds, the average for the 35 days being thus a six-pound daily gain per colony.


The earliness of the blooming period of oranges and grape fruit, especially the beginning