Ever wonder how bees are born? You should watch this fascinatingly creepy video of slimy-looking larvae morphing into the fuzzy honeybees we know and love.
To get up close to the larvae, Varma took sealed brood cells -- where larvae are reared -- from a hive and placed them in an incubator in a University of California, Davis, laboratory. Next, he set up a camera that would photograph one part of the hive for a week at a time. It took six months to create the time-lapse sequence you see here.
He became entranced by "this crazy transformation, from one nasty-looking grub thing into this crazy-looking insect," he told National Geographic. It's easy to see why.
A new honeybee emerges from a brood cell. In her six-week life span, this worker bee will forage for food, make honey—and raise the next generation. Image composed of 23 digitally merged photographs. Source: Billy Synk, Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis (©Anand Varma/National Geographic)