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Creeping Zinnia as we see it (left) and with UV shades made visible (right). The petals clearly appear two-toned to bees, the concentric colours drawing them towards the nectar
Creeping Zinnia as we see it (left) and with UV shades made visible (right). The petals appear two-toned to bees, the concentric colours drawing them towards the nectar
Dan Tuhan-mu mewahyukan kepada lebah… (QS. An Nahl: 68)

 

Researchers are being offered a glimpse of how bees may see flowers in all their ultra-violet (UV) glory.

The Floral Reflectance Database (FReD) was created by researchers at Imperial College London and Queen Mary, University of London.

It enables researchers to “see” plant colours through the eyes of bees and other pollinating insects.

Bees have different colour detection systems from humans, and can see in the UV spectrum.

Details of the free database are published in the open-access journal PLoS ONE.

“This research highlights that the world we see is not the physical or the ‘real’ world – different animals have very different senses, depending on the environment the animals operate…

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~ by nuox on January 26, 2013.

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