Amazing Time-Lapse: Bees Hatch Before Your Eyes

Witness the eerily beautiful growth of larvae into bees in this mesmerizing time-lapse video from photographer Anand Varma. Varma said the six-month project, for which he built a beehive in his workshop, gave him a new respect for the meticulous job of beekeeping.

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Varma raised bees in his backyard — in front of a camera — to get an up close view. The project, for National Geographic, gives a glimpse into a bee hive — and reveals one of the biggest threats to its health, a mite that preys on baby bees in the first 21 days of life. Check out the full talk embedded below and read the full National Geographic article, Quest for a Superbee, here.

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