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Mesmerizing timelapse video shows bees’ entire life cycle in just over 1 minute

Published May 20th, 2015 9:30PM EDT

It takes bees about three weeks to be fully born but a terrific new video posted by National Geographic Japan shortens that life cycle down to just over a minute. The stunning timelapse video filmed inside a bee colony shows eggs being laid inside individual cells, where they grow into larvae that get fed by worker bees. Once the larvae reach full growth after about two weeks, they’re sealed off in their cells and enter the pupa stage. At this point, it takes roughly one more week for them to emerge as fully formed bees.

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At any rate, the whole video is an incredible look at how insects are born. Check it out below.


Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.