08 February, 2017

Visual detection distance to real flowers by bumble bees

by Gidi Ne’eman and Rina Ne’eman

Plants use visual signals to attract pollinators and direct them to their flowers. Visual capabilities of bees have been extensively studied, however, there is no empirical determination of the maximal detection distance of real flowers. Using a six armed radial maze, we tested maximal detection distance of 12 types of natural flowers by bumble bee workers.
Aubrieta deltoidea flower was detected by bumble bees from a distance of 40 cm.

Read the whole summary in: English!
Read the scientific publication in JPE.

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