Steven Cantor’s short documentary "The Collectors: Beekeeper“ was shown at the Sundance Film Festival, which took place in Park City, Utah from January 22nd to February 1st 2015. In the film the entomologist Dennis van Engelsdorp, University of Maryland, talks sentimentally about the important role of honey bees in pollination. He expresses his fascination for the organization of bee populations and talks about his work as an apiarist.
He also informs about the factors that have a negative impact on the honey bee’s health: A lack of diverse nutrition and most notably a mite called Varroa destructor – the biggest threat for the Western honey bee. Van Engelsdorp calls the parasite "vampire mite", since it feeds on the haemolymph, thereby weakening the insect. The bee researcher also shows a shaker method that can be used to diagnose a possible infestation. With elaborate scenes, the director Cantor brings the bee health issue to public attention.
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