Gorgeous Slow-Mo of the Machine-Like Beauty of Honeybees in Flight

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.

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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]

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I wonder about the "the world would never recover" claim. I'm no bee-ologist (or whatever) but aren't there a bunch of other bugs that pollinate plants? If all bees suddenly disappeared wouldn't some other insects take their place at least somewhat if not entirely if the competition were gone?

I don't know the answer. It does sound a bit far-fetched to say that nature couldn't possibly replace bees if the opportunity were presented.