The Super-Spring Fixes It

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The Super-Spring Fixes It.

Doolittle says, p. 796, that if the super is the least bit too broad for the mass of sections "we have a space to be filled with propolis, very much at the expense of the appearance of the sections when ready for market." Does he mean if there are curved lines? If all lines are straight, will not the super-springs prevent any open space for propolis anywhere in the breadth except around the springs themselves outside of the last fence? What is a super-spring for?

Steven T. Byington.

Ballard Vale, Mass., Oct. 14.

[Doolittle evidently meant that if the super was too large the sections would be only loosely in contact, with the result that bee-glue would be chinked in between the spaces. Usually it is advisable to have the super large enough to admit wedges and a follower-board or springs—preferably the last named. When the sections are closely squeezed together there will not be much bee-glue deposited between the contact edges, for the simple reason there is no room for it. The very purpose of super-spring wedges or thumbscrews is to minimize accumulations of propolis.—Ed.]


  • Steven T. Byington, “The Super-Spring Fixes It,” Gleanings in Bee Culture 44, no. 12 (June 15, 1916): 499.