NOVA: Bees – Tales From the Hive


  • 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. It s not frightening- it s fascinating. See things you never imagined. Hear things only bees hear. Discover new found facts about the strange and complex life of bees. Have you ever seen the high-speed mid-air "wedding fli

DescriptionSpend a year in this section and experience life as a bee. Surprisingly to some footage with specially developed macro lenses brings you the most intimate and dramatic portrait of a working bee colony ever filmed. It is frightening-is fascinating. See things you never imagined. Hearing things only bees hear. Discover new information found about the strange and complex life of bees. Did you know that take nectar from flowers of 10 million to create a single liter. . . More>>

NOVA: Bees - Tales From the Hive

Price: $10.34
Rating:4.0(8 reviews)

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  1. C. Willey
    9:39 pm on December 31st, 2009

    As a relatively new beekeeper (3-4 years) have been trying to learn a lot about these fascinating creatures. This seemed a good documentary, besides receiving many stars. If you know nothing about bees, this DVD may be fine. After reading Beekeeping for Dummies and the beekeeper’s Manual (Diana Sammataro / Alphonse Avitabile), this DVD is almost useless, really. There is a scene where a Yellowjacket tried to wriggle out of a bee or two, and is attacked, beaten to death by a ball of honey bees. The narrator states that guard bees lose their sting, sacrificing his life for the good of the hive. However, we also see a sting another queen virgin queen’s death in his cell. Using this logic, if a queen stung his rival, then she would die. This is a glaring error hard to miss. Unless I’m mistaken drastically, insects, other stingless bees may be destroyed, is the skin of mammals that cause stinging the tongue to be presented and thus kill the bees when away from the victim. Secondly, the videography is very wrong. Understandably, electronics available in the filming of time, probably lacked the sophistication and small size that is available today. (anyone remember the first mobile phones?) and “flights” of the bees are absolutely horrible. It’s like a bee who remained in an invisible chain and moved over a recorded background to simulate the flight. In addition, the nuptial flight of the queen is in the same way. Not even look real. One scene shows rival queens “touching” to locate each other. During the scene of Tooting becomes stronger and more frequent, only later you realize that the transitions to background music, not playing that queens do. Once again, the producers did a horrible job.’s Honey-loving bear is one of the last scenes on the DVD. Not cool too. There are images of a bear comes through a stump with bees on it and destroy it, eat about half of it. However, no close images of what remains of the colony. The producer should have done in another scene or two of the bears attacked the colonies. Moreover, the narrator states that the bear is especially after the honey, and can eat high-protein breeding. Since most references I’ve read, the opposite is true. Bears are after breeding of high protein, and can eat honey if it is there. In nature, proteins are not always abundant and is valued in excess of carbohydrates in mammals. Originally this was going to be 2 stars, but on examining the content and quality of this DVD, plus the cost, 1 star is all that counts. I do not buy this product again or recommend it as an accurate reference. It’s a shame you have to take up space on my shelf. There has to be better material somewhere, perhaps YouTube. Hope this was helpful. Rating: 1 / 5

  2. C. Jerome
    9:47 pm on December 31st, 2009

    This is one of the best work I’ve ever film to do with honey bees. This DVD gives a great sense of what being a bee. Also be able to film where they did and how they did is unbelievable. this has to be the best of the best as far as beekeeping or Bee Movie. Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Janet S. Lahm
    9:51 pm on December 31st, 2009

    As a beekeeper future I am trying to learn everything you can about the little wonders, this DVD is all that is advertised to be. I also wanted to, hopefully, my grandchildren Intic bee me in this matter. Rating: 4 / 5

  4. Moabyte
    11:56 pm on December 31st, 2009

    Well done. A good start for the study of bees. Now it’s in the books. Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Wanda Haynes
    2:19 am on January 1st, 2010

    My husband and I are beekeepers since this is a great product for any age. It’s very well together. The price is excellent for all information. Children or adults will enjoy it. Rating: 5 / 5

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