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What Is The Deal With A Honeybee’s Eyes

Filed under: Bee Removal — Tags: , — New Jersey Pest Control @ 9:01 am June 27, 2017

We all have seen close up pictures of many different insects, and all these close-ups show us many different insect eyes. Some insects have stranger looking eyes than other insects, but they are all bizarre looking, and all seem to have more than just two eyes. Although you may have never seen a honey bee’s eyes close up, these pollinating insects have some of the strangest looking eyes in the animal kingdom. For example, honeybee eyes have hairs growing on them.Bees

Honeybees have five eyes in total. A honeybee has two compound eyes on each side of its head, and three extra eyes on the top of its head. The two eyes located on each side of a honeybee’s head are rather easy to locate, but the three eyes on top, the ocelli, are difficult to see with the naked eye because they are located in between the bee’s antennae.

A honeybee’s two compound eyes are especially easy to notice on drones. Each of the compound eyes contains almost seventy thousand tiny lenses called “facets”. Amazingly, each of these nearly seventy thousand lenses possesses its own set of photosensitive cells. These facets are all grouped together and each has a purpose such as perceiving light, movement, colors and patterns. There are one hundred and fifty groups of facets in each compound eye, and they are called “ommatidia”. Each ommatidia is connected to the optic nerve. The images gathered from these lenses form images in a honeybee’s brain. Bees are great at perceiving color, polarized light and motion, but bees cannot make out the lines that separate objects too well.

Bees can perceive more colors than humans can perceive. For example, bee’s can perceive ultraviolet light, but what humans see as red bee see as black. Bees can also sense a single motion lasting for 1/300th of a second. Bees can see the beginning and end of this super-quick movement. A human would not be able to perceive anything that happened within such a short amount of time. This is probably why a bee cannot be caught even after one stings you.

Do you think that all flying insects possess comparable visual anatomies and/or abilities?