Database shows how bees see world in UV

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Is this uv absorbance and re emission at a different frequency or reflectance?

Any plant scientists out there who can explain how bees see flora in uv???
 

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Does the front picture not suggest that bees are ONLY seeing the reflective quality's of flowers in UV light, rather than including it in their range of sight??
 

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humans have three "flavours" of colour receptors (cones) that vary in their response to different wavelengths of light and are designated Red, green and blue receptors according to the wavelengths of maximal absorbance by the pigments they contain.

bees on the other hand have UV, blue and green receptors. so in the same way that we see shades of red they see shades of UV.
 
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