the pioneer

‘He lives in poverty, his days and nights wholly devoted to his labours. He dies in poverty, never having been able to sell his precious collections. He was forty-three years old when he died. But he had discovered, among a hundred others, this one profound truth, which entirely overthrew the conception then current of the hive: that the Bee which rules and gives life to the hive, is not a King, but a Queen, and a mother.’ The Mystery of The Hive’ by Eugene Evrard. The author is talking about Jan Swammerdam, 1637 – 1680. (From the collection in Hereford Library)

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