Insects and Color Vision
Name: M. B.
Date: Friday, April 26, 2002
My mother is a teachers aide and would like to know what
sort of experiments were used to determine that butterflies (or other
insects) have colour vision?
The only experiment that I recall about insects and color focused around
color preference studies.
These were done years ago and I beleive they were partial conclusive.
Butterflies were introduced to flowers of many colors and flowers with
green petals. Each offered nectar.
The confirmation of color vision came with the visual and biochemical
analysis of the eyes. They have the cone color receptors found in most
organisms that see color.
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