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The use of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) for attracting honeybee swarms



The use of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) for attracting honeybee swarms



Bee World 61(2): 44-46



In 1629 John Parkinson, an English herbalist, wrote of the use of "balme" (Melissa) for attracting swarms; Virgil had also mentioned this use for "crushed balm". Records show that Melissa oil was apparently used as a swarm attractant in the 1930s.

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Accession: 001019898

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DOI: 10.1080/0005772X.1980.11097775



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