Video: Life Cycle of the Honey Bee

At 10 minutes in length, this video provides a good introduction to the lifecycle of honey bees. It is suitable for school science classes, for home-schooling activities, and even for new beekeepers who’d just like to see some excellent footage of what they can expect to see happening in the hive through the beekeeping season.

The life cycle of a honey bee is presented as an example of complete metamorphosis, the development of an insect from egg to larva, then pupa, then adult. Moths, butterflies and wasps also develop with complete metamorphosis. Some aspects of beekeeping are also discussed.

Metamorphosis is one of a series of science videos from Hila Science Camp, Ontario, Canada. Preview versions of these videos are made available for viewing online through Google Video and Youtube without charge, or for purchase as a higher quality download at