Q. Do bees like the colour green

Do bees like the colour green
I’m very scared of bees and wasps


It is not really a matter of liking or disliking a color, but what color a bee can see, which is very interesting. Bee Culture, the magazine of American beekeeping provides the following explanation.

Like us, bees are trichromatic. That means they have three photoreceptors within the eye and base their color combinations on those three colors. Humans base their color combinations on red, blue and green, while bees base their colors on ultraviolet light, blue and green. This is the reason that bees can’t see the color red. They don’t have a photoreceptor for it. They can, however, see reddish wavelengths, such as yellow and orange. They can also see blue-green, blue, violet, and “bee’s purple.” Bee’s purple is a combination of yellow and ultraviolet light. That’s why humans can’t see it.

The most likely colors to attract bees, according to scientists, are those that they can detect most easily, purple, violet and blue.

Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service


  • Last Updated Apr 17, 2020
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