Webcam allows for a rare glimpse inside a bee colony
Thursday, August 15, 2013, 4:49 PM -
Explore.org is inviting you to peer inside a thriving bee colony in Bavaria, Germany.
The live cam shows thousands of bees making honey and building combs as they zip in and out of their hive, located inside a hollow log.
The camera zooms in an out as the bees carry about their business.
A secondary cam shows the bees landing and taking off:
Video streaming by Ustream
Bees have been making big headlines lately. Since 2006, millions of bees in North America have been dying -- a massive problem, since they pollinate about a third of the food humans eat.
For years, scientists struggled to determine a cause.
A recent study published in PLOS One suggests that a variety of factors -- including the widespread use of some pesticides -- is contributing to the problem.
Last year, Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Industry began taking samples from dead bees in Ontario and Quebec. The agency is now "re-evaluating" the pesticides status.