Infrared videos from the breeding area of honeybees

Königin bei der Eiablage

Since 4 years I do infrared shots in beehives and optimize the quality constantly. I work with different lighting sets and a small special camera with changeable lenses. The infrared lighting cannot be seen by the bees, infrared light with a wavelength greater than 780nm is invisible to them. By constructive measures the lens of … Read moreInfrared videos from the breeding area of honeybees

Rodeo bee drops Varroa mite!

Rodeo Biene

A bee tries to free itself from a Varroa mite for minutes, with powerful and very fast shaking movements. Presumably she cannot distinguish the mite from disturbing pollen residues at all, I have often been able to observe this shaking movements. Often bypassing bees then take these shaking movements to help the troubled bee, just as here at the end of the video (social or mutual grooming). In this case, however, the mite has already been thrown off. In a shaking phase with a very high frequency it obviously can no longer hold. Maybe she’ll fall to the ground and be received by book scorpions 🙂

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Higher quality of the videos in the beehive

Replacing the infrared lamps in the beehive results in a more uniform illumination and thus sharper images. I want to present two new recordings right here:

Grooming: Here a bee is trying to free itself from something. Again and again she is supported by other bees.

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