RECORD: Darwin, C. R. [Notes on wasp and bee cells.] 'Saw in glass-case B[ritish] Mus[eum] a Polistes nest'. (5.1858) CUL-DAR48.B21 Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker. (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker, textual notes by John van Wyhe 12.2010. RN1

NOTE: Written in brown ink on grey paper, 'Bees' at the bottom of the page is in pencil, underscoring in pencil, verso blank.

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May /58/ Saw in glass-case B Mus. a Polistes nest, in which No. of comb cells produced into cylinders. — saw cylindrical boxes made by Bees, but F. Smith does not know of any cylin spherical cells. — He showed me the [outward] cells of wasps nest had traces of angle & says this is so even in 3 first cells formed by female wasp. — Polistes makes cells either concave or quite flat on roof over [illeg] comb.


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