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NOVA: Bees - Tales From the Hive

4.8 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

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Amazingly up-close footage filmed with specially developed macro lenses brings you the most intimate and most spectacular portrayal of a working bee colony ever filmed. Its not frightening- its fascinating. See things you never imagined. Hear things only bees hear. Discover new found facts about the strange and complex life of bees in Bees: Tales from the Hive.

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  • Actors: .
  • Directors: Wolfgang Thaler, Herbert Habersack
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 54 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MZGN4K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,892 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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NOVA: Bees--Tales from the Hive (54 minutes) (©2000) WGBH, Boston.

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.
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I purchased this DVD hoping to use it with young children. It really is too complex and perhaps a little violent for the group of children (4-5 yr) that I had in mind. However, I found this DVD fascinating and have recommended it to all of my friends who have gardens, or just love nature and critters. Amazing video of bees being bees. My husband even watched it with me! I will watch this one again!
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An excellent film, defying belief as they mount cameras on the backs of honeybees and follow them into the hive.
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This is one of the finest filmed work that I have ever seen to do with honey bees. This dvd gives you a great sense of what it is like to be a bee. Too be able to film where they did and how they did it is incredible. this has to be the best of the best as far as a beekeeping or bee film.
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My wife and I are beekeepers and can't seem to learn enough about these sweet little 6 legged creatures. In this well put together video you will get an excellent understanding about a life in year of a bee hive. The video is breathe taking. We will carefully lend this to friends but most that are beekeepers will want it for their own to watch again and again. Keep the buzz going. NOVA: Bees - Tales From the Hive
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By Griff on December 9, 2012
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A "NOVA classic", inspirational to anyone interested in Bees or Beekeeping. Great footage and good information. Not an instructional video for Beekeepers but one that is a must see because it reveals scenes that even Beekeepers rarely witness.
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This DVD has unbelievable video footage of a honey bee's life! The film is 54 minutes long, stunning color and sound. Scenes are taken from inside the hive, catching in-flight mating of the Queen, the defense of the hive against intruders, swarming, collection of nectar and pollen - film makers even managed to capture a bear (sadly) destroying and entire hive - with a heartbreaking, vigilant fight from the bees!
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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My wife and I became beekeepers just over a year ago before we bought this DVD. I wish we had bought it earlier. It provides an excellent overview and introduction to bees. The photography is stunning.
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