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Birth of a bee

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From egg to the air: 21 days of bee development condensed into one mesmerising minute

After just three weeks of development, worker bees emerge from their brood cells fully formed, flying out to begin supporting their hive. In a stunning high-definition time-lapse video, the US photographer Anand Varma follows the bee’s stages of development from egg to larvae to pupa to worker bee, with a sprightly score to match the insects’ rather startling journey into being.

Director: Anand Varma

Music: Rob Moose

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