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Patterns of Life: The Birth of the Bees  (1986)

Bees do the waggle dance

An intriguing and in-depth exploration into the origin of bees, this hour long special follows their interesting ancestry, examining the bee line from primitive hunting wasps to the very first social insects.

Using impressive technical photography, Oxford Scientific Films brings to life the extraordinary world of bees, providing a comprehensive insight into their evolution, behaviour and social structure.

A thought provoking piece, The Birth of the Bees investigates claims that the 'first' flowers 'invented' bees to aid in their reproduction, raising almost as many questions as it seeks to answer.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: Oxford Scientific Films Ltd.
Address: 47 Marylebone Lane
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7317 1330

Film credits

Narrator: John Shrapnel
Photography: Sean Morris
Photography: David Shale
Photography: Gavin Thurston
Photography: David Houghton
Photography: Tim Shepherd
Photography: Keith Brust
Film Editor: Roy Handford
Dubbing Editor: Richard Osborne
Dubbing Mixer: Ted Spooner
Biological Research: Karen Bishop
Writer: Malcolm Penny
Producer: Malcolm Penny
Executive Producer: Sean Morris
Production Organisation: Oxford Scientific Films Ltd.
Associated Broadcaster: Anglia TV
The origin of bees
The origin of bees
Solitary wasp food fight
Solitary wasp food fight
First came the flower, then came the bee
First came the flower, then came the bee
Bees do the waggle dance
Bees do the waggle dance