It ought to furnish the greatest possible security against the ravages of the bee-moth.
That the bee-moth has multiplied most astonishingly, is undoubtedly true.
Wax is the proper aliment of the larvæ of the bee-moth: and upon this seemingly indigestible substance, they thrive and fatten.
Hundreds are caught in this way, although many other kinds besides the bee-moth will be mixed with them.
And well they may, for death and destruction of the community follow in the train of the bee-moth.
It has been found very difficult to preserve comb from the bee-moth, when it is taken from the bees.
It should enable the Apiarian, if the bee-moth ever gains the upper hand of the bees, to remove the combs, and expel the worms.
Others lay all the blame upon the bee-moth, and others still, upon our departure from the good old-fashioned way of managing bees.
If however, the old plan had been rigidly adhered to, the ravages of the bee-moth would never have been so great as they now are.
But I have not yet spoken of the most fruitful cause of the desolating ravages of the bee-moth.