RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 1877. [The scarcity of holly berries and bees]. Gardeners' Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette 7, no. 160 (20 January): 83.

REVISION HISTORY: Scanned, OCRed, corrected and edited by John van Wyhe 2003-8. RN2

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—I beg a little space in your journal to confess my error with respect to the cause of the scarcity of Holly berries.1 I have been convinced of this by the two communications in your last number, by a statement in the Garden by Mr. Fish,2 and by some private letters which I have received. It appears that several causes in combination have led to this scarcity; but I still think that the rarity of bees of all kinds in this neighbourhood during the spring, of which fact I feel assured, may have played a part, though a quite subordinate one. Charles Darwin, Down, Beckenham, Jan. 17.

1 Darwin refers to his earlier letter to Gardeners' Chronicle Darwin 1877.

2 David Taylor Fish (1824-1901), professional gardener and horticultural journalist. Fish 1877.

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