VIDEO: Time-Lapse of a Bee’s Birth, From Egg to Adult, in 60 Seconds

Watching a wriggling, translucent egg transform into a full-grown bee in 60 seconds is certainly amazing.

But there’s a deeper purpose behind this unprecedented video produced by photographer Anand Varma. He partnered with the bee lab at the University of California, Davis, to visually document the first 21 days of a bee’s life in order to better understand what’s making them disappear in alarming numbers. You see, one of the biggest threats to bee colonies today is a tiny parasitic mite

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