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September 12, 2013 / Randall

Slow-motion footage of a queen bee mating with a drone in mid-air [VIDEO]

The footage captures a rare look at a queen as she descends on a male drone in mid-flight, extracts his sperm, and then tears away, leaving him to plummet to the ground and die.

To catch this level of detail, the film shot at 300 frames-per-second, lighting the bees with mirrors rather than conventional light so as to keep the environment as natural as possible.


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