How Do Bees See Flowers?

Close up of a honeybee

Gardeners often select plants for their landscape that are attractive to bees, the world’s top pollinator. Have you ever stopped to wonder about bee vision though? It’s interesting to think about how a bee sees a flower and what factors make that plant attractive to it. So how does a bee see? Not exactly like us. Bee vision does not line up with human vision and the differences are fascinating. Read on for more information. Bees and Their Eyes The eyes of a bee are large, black, and oval, but what exactly do those eyes see? Do they see better than humans, or not as well? Bees have compound eyes, just like dragonflies and wasps. Since compound eye resolution is not great, one must conclude that bee vision is not as good as human vision. In fact, it is said that a compound eye would have to be as big […]

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