Thursday, May 9, 2019

WDR 2 "Bienen live" - "Bees live" program with simulated bee vision video/images

Today about a program developed and aired by German TV and radio station WDR 2 streaming the life of three bee hives to the public and especially to kids, named "Bienen live" ("bees live").

In there will be some of my human and simulated bee vision images / videos in it to demonstrate how different bees see the world, able to see patterns which only exist in ultraviolet (UV) light, invisible for us humans.

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Taraxacum in human vision (VIS):

Taraxacum in simulated bee vision (BV):

Caltha palustris in human vision (VIS):

Caltha palustris in simulated bee vision (BV):

Human vision and simulated bee vision BV HDTV videos shot in parallel of a Rudbeckia fulgida ("Black Eyed Susan") flower with pollinating bees:

All these shown flowers have a distinct UV reflection "bulls eye" pattern, its petals have a quite UV dark center (visible as green in simulated bee vision) and the outside part is quite UV bright around 365nm (visible as bright yellow in sim. bee vision). All this gets nicely visible in the photographs as well as in the HDTV videos.

Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...

More info on this very interesting field may be found on my site