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Bees eyes correct flower color for ambient light

Boffins at Australia’s RMIT University in Melbourne (with colleagues from Monash and Deakin Universities and the University of Melbourne) looked at how honey bees process colour information, and found some of their five eyes sense ambient light.

For honey bees, enhanced colour sensing is a survival trait: it means that they don’t miss high-yield flowers because the lighting on their first visit was different to their next. Dyer believes the same kind of correction can be applied to imaging systems to enable accurate colour interpretation, and as Deakin University’s John Endler said, it’s also a way to make colour constancy cheap in computational terms.

Read more here: The Register : Boffins’ five eyes surprise: bees correct colour for ambient light