Honey Bee Documentaries

Below is a list of honey bee documentaries along various themes including:

-          Honey bee colony losses and causes

-          Honey bee behaviour

-          Beekeeping

Bees - Tales From the Hive

Great 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. 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 flight" of a drone and his queen? Did you know it takes nectar from 10 million flowers to create a single litre of honey?

Bees: Tales from the Hive exposes a bee colony’s secret world, detailing rarely-seen events, such as the life-or-death battle between a pair of rival queens, and a scout bee’s mysterious dance that shares special "nectar directions" with the rest of the hive.

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

More Than Honey

Documentary by Markus Imhoof.  Covers honey bee deaths as well as the biology and social behaviour of the honey bee, as well as the exploitation of honey bees for agri-cultural use.  Markus Imhoof himself comes from a family that has included beekeepers through the generations.

Writes Eric Kohn in Indiewire: ''Imhoof captures the breeding of queen bees in minute detail, ventures to a laboratory to witness a bee brainscan, and discovers the dangerous prospects of a hive facing the infection of mites. In this latter case, the camera's magnifying power renders the infection in sci-fi terms, as if we've stumbled into a discarded scene from David Cronenberg's THE FLY.''

A moving film that raises questions of species survival in cosmic as well as apiary terms.

Available from Amazon.com and

Vanishing Of The Bees

Film trailer:

This honey bee documentary narrated by Ellen Page, takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. Directors George Langworthy and Maryam Henein present not just a story about the mysterious phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder, but a platform of solutions, encouraging audiences to be the change they want to see in the world.

Maryam Henein is an investigative journalist and documentary producer.  She has been actively writing and raising awareness of the plight of bees, including the role of pesticide neonicotinoids.

Available from
Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

Bees – Living For The Queen

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This documentary film follows the life of a bee colony for the duration of a year. Part of the colony emigrates and becomes a wild colony giving an intimate view of the artistically designed beehive and the bee's cleverly organised social life: dividing labour, collecting nectar and warding off enemies.

The Strange Disappearance of the Bees

Below is a film trailer.  To read a Q&A with the director, click here.

The War On Bugs is available from Amazon US and Amazon UK.

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Before You Start....

Considerations For Urban Beekeepers

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Neonicotinoid Pesticides:

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