Photographer Michael Sutton spent hours getting up close and personal with a hive of honey bees at Hillside Apiaries in New Hampshire. He got stung three times. But he also got this gorgeous slo-mo footage of honey bees in flight. I bet you'll never look at a bee the same way.

There's something really engrossing about seeing a bee's flight slowed down so far, you can see it beating its wings. It all looks so improbable—it seems like there's too much body and not enough wing to sustain flight. Good thing nobody told the bees.

Bees are super important to humanity—not only do they make delicious honey, they pollinate the crops that help feed us worldwide. Maybe a closer, slower look will make you appreciate just how hard these little guys work to keep us alive. And unlike Michael, we don't have to endure any stings to see it. [Vimeo]