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NOVA: Bees - Tales From the Hive
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Teacher summary: Introduction shows worker bees defending the hive in a suicide act (as their stinger pulls out). Workers search for nectar; close-ups show them sucking nectar from flowers. Pollen collects on hairs and is then stored on pollen sacs on the legs. Back at the hive, the nectar is regurgitated, processed and within five days is packed into cells for storage as honey. Other cells store pollen. Brief illustration of the importance of pollination to our crops and fruit trees. Waggle dance is briefly shown but this is not detailed enough to actually teach the orientation. Bees are followed on foraging. Lifespan is mentioned. Distinction between sterile female workers, male drones, and fertile queens is made. One slight error is narration that only chemical control (scent) keeps the workers from reproducing; not so. Best footage I have seen of bee larval development and stages of metamorphosis. The brood cells for sterile workers and drones are shown, along with emergence from cells. Worker care for emerging drones is shown. Video switches to overcrowding and the need to swarm. The first queen to emerge from the enlarged queen cell, where the "grub"[not the preferred term, "grub" is generally for beetle larvae] has been fed royal jelly and becomes queen. The old queen has already used scents to stimulate many workers to swarm off with her. A new colony is formed in a hollow tree, using chemical marking. Video illustrates how the workers measure the new nest. Building of honeycomb is shown but wax secretion is not shown close-up. The geometry of the honeycomb is explained. Intruders include a mouse.Read more ›
We are preparing to set up a backyard hive and we have purchased several DVDs on the subject of bees and honey - this beautiful film is about the life of bees NOT about how to keep them or making honey.
Watch this documentary if you care at all about the world you and your family lives in - it will give you an appreciation of how hard these little creatures work so unselfishly (they will give their life) for their home, family and our world.
Give them the respect they greatly deserve and maybe help them just a little, for a little difference.....pass it on.
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Very informative. Great visual and wonderful camera work. A must see for nature enthusiastsPublished 26 days ago by Mr. Ed
Absolutely breathtaking videography, amazing footage from the perspective of the bees! Highly recommended for anyone interested in beekeeping, or just interested in learning more... Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Lovell
Interesting and informative on the biology of bees. This would be a great video for schools elementary through middle school.Published 6 months ago by Jim Canaday
The camera close-ups and angles are awesome. Very informative. We used it for homeschool.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Received in EXCELLENT condition. Purchased this for a Christmas gift.Published 9 months ago by M. Swift