Bees love blue fluorescent light, and not just any wavelength will do

Researchers at Oregon State University have learned that a specific wavelength range of blue fluorescent light set bees abuzz.

“The blue fluorescence just triggered a crazy response in the bees, told them they must go to it,” said the study’s corresponding author, Oksana Ostroverkhova. “It’s not just their vision, it’s something behavioral that drives them.”

The findings are a powerful tool for assessing and manipulating bee populations—such as, for example, if a farmer needed to attract large numbers of bees for a couple of weeks to get his or her crop pollinated.

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