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Link: • Johan Otto Hagström to Carl Linnaeus, 6 September 1764 n.s.
Dated 1764 d. 6 Sept.. Sent from LinkŲping (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


Johan Otto HagströmHagström, Johan Otto
(1716-1792). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist. Linnaeusís student. Linnaeus
wrote the introduction to his Pan
(1768), on bee-pollinated
flowers. He was one of the tutors of
Carl Linnaeus the Younger. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
writes to Linnaeus, sending him a plant, which genus Linnaeus is discussing in the Flora SvecicaLinnaeus, Carl Flora Svecica,
exhibens plantas per regnum Sveciae
crescentes, systematice cum differentiis
specierum, synonymis autorum, nominibus,
incolarum, solo locorum, usu
(Leiden 1745).
Soulsby no. 408.
, 518. 488.

Hagström has still not obtained the latest edition of the Genera plantarum [...] editio sextaLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum [...] editio sexta ab auctore
reformata et aucta
(Stockholm 1764).
Soulsby no. 305.
but he is expecting it soon. Hagström continues to discuss extensively from which plants bees take their honey and wax. He feels uncertain about some species, whether they are desirable for bees or not. Therefore he sends plants to Linnaeus, in order to be certain that they are correct in his planned work [Hagström refers to his Pan apumHagström, Johan Otto Pan
apum, eller afhandling om de örter,
af hvilka bien hälst draga deras
honung och vax; ingifven til K.
Vetenskaps academien, såsom svar
på dess fråga,
(Stockholm, 1768)
], which will be sent to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.

Hagström regrets that Linnaeus had omitted to write the trivial names of flores melliferos [bee-flowers] in the Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
, 577, and urges him to correct this omission on some occasion. Hagström mentions that Aconitum napellus is used by the bumble-bee but that Hagströmís bees never use it.

P.S. 1. Hagström admits that he had been confused or mistaken considered what he wrote in his last letter on Fragaria vesca and bees.

P.S. 2. Hagström has made a list of the plants visited by bees, requiring numerous observations over several years.

P.S. 3. Hagström mentions the opinion of the head gardener at the Sturefors manor on these questions.

P.S. 4. Hagström comments that Caltha palustris did not yet have an economic observation. In previous years he had observed bees only superficially because he had believed that René-Antoine Ferchault de RéaumurRéaumur, René-Antoine
Ferchault de
(1683-1757). French.
Physicist and naturalist. His works
cover geometry, technology, mineralogy,
ornithology. His collections of natural
history objects, mineralogy etc. were
given to the Académie des
sciences after his death. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
, Charles De GeerDe Geer, Charles (1720-1778).
Swedish. Entomologist and natural
history collector, Leufsta Bruk. Member
of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
in Stockholm and Académie des
sciences, Paris. Corresponded with
Réaumur, Bonnet and other
naturalists. Husband of Catharina
Charlotta Ribbing and father of Emanuel
De Geer. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Louis Jean Marie DaubentonDaubenton, Louis Jean Marie
(1716-1800). French. Curator at Jardin
des plantes in Paris. Professor of
mineralogy. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and others were observing flores melliferos. Many had believed the same thing.


a. (LS, VI, 117). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 263-265   p.263  p.264  p.265.