In a beehive, tens of thousands of tiny individuals work toward a common goal: the survival of the colony.
We see a beehive as a collective, even a super-organism. But each one is filled with thousands of small but bold, six-legged individuals. What if we looked at just one? Scientists are learning that each bee in a hive is an individual with its own personality and this diversity allows the collective to respond and adapt quickly to their environment.
A beehive depends on flowers – pollen and nectar are the colony’s source of food. But if the weather changes or if some flowers don’t bloom as early or as generously as the year before, bees need to adapt on the wing. They may need to fly further or even relocate the colony altogether, requiring quick thinking.
Although the queen is at the centre of any hive, a colony functions more like a democracy than a monarchy, and worker bees have a lot of say. They decide where to forage for food, where to start a new colony, and whether to raise a new queen. They even show the queen where to find a mate.
A Bee’s Diary portrays the life of one bee from birth to death, combining incredible footage with the latest science to capture the beauty of her world, the decisions she makes, and the drama that comes with being a bee.
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A BEE’S DIARY
THE NATURE OF THINGS
with David Suzuki
Dennis Wells, Niobe Thompson
Dennis Wells, Niobe Thompson
Director of Photography
Jan Stefan Kolbe
Post Production Supervisor
Post Production Coordinator
Music Composed and Conducted by:
Orchestration and Associate Music Producer:
Music Recording Engineer and Mixer:
Vincent L. Pratte
Music Recording Assistants and Editors:
Kelly Jayne DiPasquale
Music Recorded at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Yuma´s Voice: Rhona Rees
Winnifred´s Voice: Nicole Oliver
CGI and Visual Effects
Post Production Producer
DI Supervisor & Online Editor
Online Editing Assistant
Karl Nekosei Reichert
Eric D. Legare
Prof. Tugrul Giray University of Puerto Rico Natural Sciences Department of Biology
Dr. Mehmet Ali Doke, University of Puerto Rico Natural Sciences Department of Biology
Prof. Jürgen Tautz, Bienenforschung Würzburg e.V.
Special Thanks to:
Österreichische Bundesforste AG
For the CBC
General Manager, Programming Sally Catto
Executive Director, Unscripted Content Jennifer Dettman
Senior Director, Documentary Sandra Kleinfeld
Senior Director of Production, Unscripted Content Alexandra Lane
Executive in Charge of Production Sue Dando
A German/ Canadian Coproduction
Co Produced by taglicht media and handful of films
with the participation of
Produced with the Participation of
Rogers Documentary Fund
Deutches Filminstitut Filmmuseum
Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit
Canada Media Fund
The Nature of Things with David Suzuki
Produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Handful of Films
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