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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.

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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.

Watch A Bee’s Diary on The Nature of Things.

Credits (Click to expand)

with David Suzuki

Directed by
Dennis Wells

Written by
Dennis Wells, Niobe Thompson

Dennis Wells, Niobe Thompson

Executive Producer
Bernd Wilting

Director of Photography
Brian McClatchy

Highspeed Camera
Rudi Diesel

Additional Camera
Bernhard Rübe

Camera Assistant
Miriam Zimmermann

Heike Sperling

Jan Stefan Kolbe

Production Manager
Anja Klisch
Enzo Maaß
Sandra Tober

Production Coordinator
Doris Offermann
Robin Steinhagen

Post Production Supervisor
Gero Hecker

Post Production Coordinator
Teresa Lang

Sound Design
Florian Ebrecht

Music Composed and Conducted by:
Darren Fung

Orchestration and Associate Music Producer:
Akhmet Yeulekenov

Music Recording Engineer and Mixer:
James Clemens-Seely

Additional Orchestration:
Vincent L. Pratte

Music Preparation:
Aaron Jorgensen
Jonathan Kawchuk

Orchestra Contractor:
Dean O’Brien

Music Recording Assistants and Editors:
Kelly Jayne DiPasquale
Jeffrey Kynoch
Luke Martinez
Phillip Tock
Issa Traoré
Kriss Veismanis
Joanna Worthington
Xintong Zang
Music Recorded at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Voiceover Talents
Yuma´s Voice:  Rhona Rees
Winnifred´s Voice: Nicole Oliver

CGI and Visual Effects
Greg Marshall

Post Production Producer
Ninette Botha
Swen Linde

DI Supervisor & Online Editor
Thomas Gieraths

Online Editing Assistant
Jannik Donker

VFX Artist
Min Tesch
Fabiana Cardalda

Accounting Services
Candice Kent

Production Solicitor
Linda Callaghan

Karl Nekosei Reichert
Mark Wong

Trevor Tang
Amanda Grabenstetter

Jordan Alaeddine
Nuke Compositiors
Jordan Alaeddine
Ben Case

Eric D. Legare

Texture Artists
Greg Marshall
Trevor Tang
Amanda Grabenstetter

Greg Marshall

SFX Consultant
Holger Neuhäuser

Scientific Advisors
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.

Friedrich Benzenhöfer
Markus Graf
Roland Sachs

Special Thanks to:
Aumühler Hof
Georg Kellner
Michael Wurzbacher
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


Love Nature

Produced with the Participation of

Rogers Documentary Fund

Alberta Government

Deutches Filminstitut Filmmuseum

Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen

Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit

Canada Media Fund

The Nature of Things with David Suzuki

Produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


Produced By

Taglight Media


Handful of Films

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