Who knew the first 21 days of a honeybee’s life could be so beautiful?

Photographer Anand Varma captured the worker bees’ incredible transformation from wriggly translucent larvae sliding from eggs to fully formed labourers buzzing out of their brood cells.

The hypnotic 60-second timelapse was a partnership between Anand and the bee lab at the University of California, Davis.

Anand became an ardent bee supporter after being tasked with photographing them for a project and setting up his own backyard hive in Berkeley, California.

About half way through the video several bugs can be seen crawling around on the growing bees. These hive invaders are called Varroa destructor, a deadly mite that attacks baby bees and is responsible for the decline in honeybee populations around the world.

Image credit: USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab, CC by 2.0