BBC’s Hive Alive gives a close look at the life and activities of honeybees


Ever wonder just what it is that a bee does all day — and all night?

Some of those questions will be answered if you watch the new two-part series from the British Broadcasting Company, Hive Alive. The show’s presenters are Chris Packham and Martha Kearney, a journalist and beekeeper herself. The main bee expert on the show is Adam Hart.

The show’s producers have used a lot of high-end equipment and sophisticated techniques to show us what bees do inside the hive and where they head when they are flying outside the hive.

And through the magic of the Internet, you can do just that without leaving your seat or this site. Check it out below.

 

Here is something I learned by watching this first episode:

You see bees all over a patch of clover or buckwheat blooms. What keeps a bee from visiting a bloom that has already been visited by another bee?

The theory put forth by scientists on this program says that bees give off a positive electrical charge while flying and flowers give off a negative charge. When the bee comes into contact with the flower, an electrical field is created. When nectar is extracted from the flower, the charge the flower generates changes for a while until the flower can replenish its nectar. The next bee coming along can detect that change and will fly on past the flower if the signal isn’t right.

The photography on this program is fantastic. That in itself makes this program worth watching.

Tags: Chris Packham, Hive Alive, honeybees, life of the honeybee, Martha Kearney, television show about bees, British Broadcasting Company, BBC

 

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