More Than Honey (2013)
Swiss filmmaker Markus Imhoof's provocative documentary probing the causes of honey bee decline was reviewed in LCBA's Nov & Dec 2013 newsletters: click here for Dr. Dewey Caron's review, & click here for LCBA's newsletter article. Click here to visit the More Than Honey homepage, which has excellent links. Though some dispute Imhoof's claims about the impact of neonicotinoids, all will enjoy the outstanding photography, including footage of drones mating a queen in midair.
Queen of the Sun (2012)
The Mysterious Bee (2014)
To view Phil Simon's 50-minute Australian documentary, visit: http://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/play/12754/The-Mysterious-Bee This short film features excellent footage of honey bee swarms, the waggle dance, newly hatched queens fighting for domination in the hive, and more.
Silence of the Bees (2007)
The first film to explore Colony Collapse Disorder. To view the complete film on YouTube, click here. For PBS's companion homepage, click here; to view a podcast that goes behind the scenes of this documentary, click here.
City of Bees (2006) ~ FOR CHILDREN
The world of bees through children's eyes, narrated by a beekeeper: very well reviewed (see Amazon's page for details: click here).
Tales from the Hive (2000/2007)
This NOVA documentary is now available on YouTube: to view the complete film, click here; fir NOVA's companion website, click here. Highly recommended for excellent footage of bees and other pollinators. Featured at Centralia College's "Earth Day" 2014 celebration.
"Life Is a Sweet Adventure for the Bee Team"
Watch LCBA President Norm Switzler and members of LCBA's "Bee Team" on YouTube, removing a bee colony from the historic Salzer Valley Schoolhouse in 2009. Click here to view the video, which originally appeared in the Centralia Chronicle's website, chronline.com.
"Beekeeping in the 1930s" ~ Courtesy of Honeybeesuite.com
Three black & white, silent videos depicting beekeeping back in the day: watch to compare/contrast practices & equipment, then & now. The film features labeled hive parts & a rather charming set of labeled pointers to display the queen, drone brood, and more. All 3 can be accessed by clicking here, or visiting http://www.honeybeesuite.com/beekeeping-videos-from-the-1930s/comment-page-1/
Film #1: Establishing a hive: note how the packages looked!
Film 2: Monitoring growth of the hive / supers: features "The Bee Man Gets Stung!"
Film #3: Dealing with swarms & colony growth
HiveCam: Live Inside the Hive
The Waggle Dance
From “The Trials of Life” - David Attenborough narrates. To view, click here, or visit:
"Wings of Life"
Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg captures "the intricate world of pollen and pollinators" in remarkable high-speed images. The film, he says, was "inspired by the vanishing of one of nature's primary pollinators, the honeybee." To view the video, click here.
"The Hidden Beauty of Pollination"
Amazing images of hummingbirds, butterflies, bats, &, of course, honey bees! Another film by Louie Schwarzberg, taken from his "TED Talk." The film itself starts at 3:20. To view it, click here.
For more videos, visit "Brilliant Bees," the BBC's terrific honey bee video gallery: click here, or visit
Above, poster for Markus Imhoof's 2013 film, More Than Honey; below, poster for 2012's Queen of the Sun:
Above, poster from "City of Bees"; below, "Dances with Bees" from NOVA's "Tales from the Hive":
Above, "The Code."