Are Bees Color Blind?


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Many people though honey bees to be color blind until the research by Dr. Karl von Frisch from Germany, disproved this theory. He showed through his experiments that bees have trichromatic color vision like us and are not color blind but they are able to see the light rays invisible to human eyes. They can distinguish between colors. . Bee’s eyes have 6900 small units packed together in each eye. The light rays captured by these units are focused by lenses onto the light sensitive pigment in their eye. This light information is sent by the optical nerve to the bee’s brain. However the bees can not see red color and red objects appear to be colorless or black to them.

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