As part of an obsession with beekeeping, the question came to my addled brain “Are there any video streams watching beehives?” Good question, and there are! This is a “Curated” list of the more interesting streaming Cams I have found.
This collection of links will grow over time so check back. Happy beekeeping!
Honey Bee Hive, Waal, Bavaria, Germany
Features: 2 LIVECAMs, sound, and some zoom views
Downer: Not always running, but highlights reel plays instead.
This hive of Carniolan honey bees is located in a log in the Bavarian forest and offers an inside and an outside view. Once if of the landing board of the hive, and the other camera is infrared located inside the hive. Fascinating!
Inside the Hive – The infrared camera watches the bees in the dark hive. This will prove to you the bees are busy 24/7. Even when the foragers aren’t out at night work continues in the hive, see title image.
Landing board of the Hive – It is amazing to see how busy the little bees are just at the entrance of the hive.
The Schwarmbörse – is the website that offers these enjoyable views into hive life. This group is part of a German organization called Mellifera e. V., which since 1985, we have been committed to ecological-natural beekeeping and the protection of bees.; the only issue the videos are all in German.
Live Bee Cam of an Apiary, Washington DC, USA
Features: User controls the camera to pan, zoom on any number of hives.
This camera is located in an apiary in Washington DC. The camera can be directed by the viewer to focus on and hive entrance you want. It is fun and as long as you don’t need to share the camera control. The website is Live Bee Cam and when you get their just click on the image under the description, and it will pop a new window with the feed from the camera. Then just click on the view or outline a frame on the image to zoom in and move the view around.
Bryant Park Bee Cam, NYC, NY, USA
Look it’s two hive entrances with lots of activity in Bryant Park Bee Cam. One of the hives looks weaker than the other, but who knows.
Bee Cam @ Mount Auburn Cemetary, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Mount Auburn Cemetery is the first rural and arboretum cemetery in the United States. It is the burial site of many prominent members of the Boston Brahmins, as well being a National Historic Landmark.
Dedicated in 1831 and set with classical monuments in a rolling landscaped terrain on 174-acre (70 ha) cemetery is important both for its historical aspects and for its role as an arboretum. It is Watertown’s largest contiguous open space and extends into Cambridge to the east, adjacent to the Cambridge City Cemetery and Sand Banks Cemetery. It was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 2003 for its pioneering role in 19th-century cemetery development.
The Bee Cam @ Mount Auburn Cemetery tends to be down at night. Used the MID or LOW resolution and the cam will behave better. I spoke with the beekeeper, and they are working on upgrading this cam sometime in 2019.
Honey Bee Livestream, Germany
This cam was set up to show the activity around a beehive in Winter, and it is still running. Great sound and video speed and clarity are okay. Not sure how the cam looks at night, but check it out on YouTube: Honey Bee Livestream.
The evaluation of the live stream cams is based on clarity, sound, and then features. A feature is can viewer control the camera, or does the camera pan on its own.
Happy Beekeeping from BernieBe!