Anand Varma: The first 21 days of a bee's life
Anand Varma's photos tell the story behind the science on everything from primate behavior and hummingbird biomechanics to amphibian disease and forest ecology. Full bio
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in Berkeley, California.
I'd never kept bees before,
to photograph a story about them,
to take compelling images,
of our food crops,
a really hard time.
what this problem really looks like.
what I found over the last year.
from its brood cell,
with several different problems,
and habitat loss,
is a parasitic mite from Asia,
crawls onto young bees
the immune system of the bees,
to stress and disease.
inside their brood cells,
what that process really looks like,
with a bee lab at U.C. Davis
in front of a camera.
the first 21 days of a bee's life
as it hatches into a larva,
swim around their cells
that nurse bees secrete for them.
running around in the cells.
develops in their eyes.
is their skin shrivels up
through that video,
on the baby bees,
typically manage these mites
on finding alternatives
at the USDA Bee Lab in Baton Rouge,
are part of that program.
a natural ability to fight mites,
a line of mite-resistant bees.
to breed bees in a lab.
using this precision instrument.
which bees are being crossed,
in having this much control.
started to lose traits
and their ability to store honey,
with commercial beekeepers.
one of his 72,000 beehives.
beekeeping operation in the world,
mite-resistant bees into his operation
that are not only mite-resistant
that make them useful to us.
and exploiting bees,
for thousands of years.
and put it inside of a box,
so that we could harvest their honey,
our native pollinators,
where those wild pollinators
demands of our agriculture,
an integral part of our food system.
our relationship to bees,
the basic biology of bees
of stressors that we sometimes cannot see.
to understand bees up close.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERAnand Varma - Photographer
Anand Varma's photos tell the story behind the science on everything from primate behavior and hummingbird biomechanics to amphibian disease and forest ecology.
Why you should listen
Anand Varma is a freelance photographer and videographer who started photographing natural history subjects while studying biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He spent several years assisting David Liittschwager before receiving a National Geographic Young Explorer grant to document the wetlands of Patagonia.
Varma has since become a regular contributor to National Geographic. His first feature story, called “Mindsuckers,” was published on the November 2014 cover of the magazine. This incredible look at parasites won Varma the World Press Photo's first prize in the nature category in 2015.
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