For one month every year, giant Himalayan bees–the biggest bees in the world–come to collect nectar from a poisonous flower, giving the honey they make certain medicinal, aphrodisiac, and hallucinogenic properties. The rare and exotic honey and is the subject of this short documentary by Raphael Treza.
In this amazing time-lapse video, photographer Anand Varma condenses the first 21 days of a bee’s life into 60 seconds. Commissioned by National Geographic, he teamed up with the bee lab at U.C. Davis to capture the beautiful images of a bee egg hatching into a larva and its development towards becoming a bee.
While most of us don’t think of honeybees needing much saving, mural painter, Louis Masai Michel, has made bringing attention to the bees’ plight his passion. What started as a response to what he learned in South Africa about bees’ colony collapse disorder, has turned into a hugely popular project that can be seen in London, Bristol, New York and other major cities.