A beekeeper, seeing the bee collect pollen from flowers and carry it to the hive, says that it exists to gather honey.
- Huber's book or leaf hive (scale $).
The beekeeper opens the lower part of the hive and peers in.
(From Cheshire's Bees and Bee-keeping, Scientific and Practical.) Huber's hive was defective in many respects; the parting of each frame, thus letting loose the whole colony, caused much trouble at times, but it remained the only movable-comb hive till 1838, when Dr Dzierzon - whose theory of parthenogenesis has made his name famous - devised a box-hive with a loose top-bar on which the bees built their combs and a movable side or door, by means of which the frames could be lifted out for inspection.
It was empty in the sense that a dying queenless hive is empty.