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Still Waters

Bumblebees confused by iridescent colors

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Iridescence is a form of structural colour which uses regular repeating nanostructures to reflect light at slightly different angles, causing a colour-change effect.

It is common in nature, from the dazzling blues of peacock's feathers, to the gem-like appearance of insects.

Although using bright flashy colours as camouflage may seem counterintuitive, researchers at the Bristol Camo Lab found that intense iridescence obstructs the bumblebee's ability to identify shape.The eyes of bumblebees have been extensively studied by scientists and are very similar to those of other insects.

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-bumblebees-iridescent.html

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RoofGardener

Why would any plant (or animal) find an evolutionary advantage by confusing Bees ? 

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