Why Are Bees Attracted to Flowers?

Bees are not only attracted to the bright colors of flowers--especially "warm" ultraviolet hues invisible to humans--but they also are attracted by the iridescence of a flower petals, according to Lars Chittka of the University of Cambridge. Iridescence has to do with the changeable tones of the flower's structure rather than pigment color.

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Mary Osborne has been an educational quiz writer for over eight years and a short-fiction writer for over 20 years. She also reads and scores essays for several standardized tests, and has written and illustrated two children's books. Her short stories have appeared in literary journals such as "The Minnesota Review" and in the "Orlando Sentinel" newspaper.