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How bees distinguish black from white

Horridge, George Adrian


Bee eyes have photoreceptors for ultraviolet, green, and blue wavelengths that are excited by reflected white but not by black. With ultraviolet reflections excluded by the apparatus, bees can learn to distinguish between black, gray, and white, but theories of color vision are clearly of no help in explaining how they succeed. Human vision sidesteps the issue by constructing black and white in the brain. Bees have quite different and accessible mechanisms. As revealed by extensive tests of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Eye and Brain
DOI: 10.2147/EB.S70522


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