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To Richard Strachey   10 December [1873]


The case of the bees interests CD. He does not doubt that because of the size of their jaws humble-bees will be found all over the world to be the biters and hive-bees to profit from their work.

Thinks he has heard of land shells descending in the manner described by RS.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Strachey
Date:  10 Dec [1873]
Classmark:  The British Library (IOL Mss Eur F127)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9177

From Richard Strachey   25 August 1873


Reports that grapes are spoiled by rain at vintage time and that damaged grapes, whose "bloom" is not intact, are particularly susceptible.

Author:  Richard Strachey
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Aug 1873
Classmark:  DAR 177: 264
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9026

From Richard Strachey   9 December 1873



Sends observations from a friend in India confirming CD’s view that bees cut the tubes of flowers to extract [nectar] in order to save time.

Also observations on snails descending from trees on threads suspended from their tails.

Author:  Richard Strachey
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Dec 1873
Classmark:  DAR 46.2: C56–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9176
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