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London researchers provide bee's view of flowers

by webdev

December 13, 2010

Queen Mary, University of London and Imperial College London researchers have developed the Floral Reflectance Database, an online collection of photographs that allow viewers to see flowers the same way that a bee would through its UV vision.

"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 in," Queen Mary professor Lars Chittka told the BBC.

The database will allow viewers to see the largely invisible world of the UV spectrum based on data collected by microelectrodes inside the insects' photoreceptors, which may also have commercial uses and knowledge of how flowers have evolved, reports the news source.

To attract bees to your garden or bouquet, choose some bee favorites such as lemon balm, purple headed gomphrena, or English thyme. Butterflies are most typically drawn to butterfly weed, purple passion flower and long-stemmed black eyed susans, according to

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