Darwin and the humble-bees

On 21 August 1841, Charles Darwin wrote to Horticulture Week forerunner The Gardeners' Chronicle about "the humble-bees which bore holes in flowers" following a reader's complaint about damage to his bean crop. Continuing celebrations of our 175th anniversary, here we republish Darwin's letter

Darwin: offered readers ‘a few more particulars about the humble-bees’
Darwin: offered readers ‘a few more particulars about the humble-bees’

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