Bee view slightly off colour

By CAITLIN NOBES

Blooming flowers colour our world, but the little insect that pollinates them has a different view on the world, as a new display at the Arataki Visitors Centre shows.
"The Way a Bee Sees" has two boxes of flowers, one showing how humans see the colours, including blue, purple, red and yellow. The box below shows a bee's colour vision. Bees see the ultra-violet range, invisible to people, but cannot see red.
Until recently the display was part of the Wonderland of the Roses exhibition at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. It had been relocated to its new home at the Arataki Visitors Centre for more to enjoy.
"We are delighted to have this new addition to the centre and are very grateful to the Auckland Museum for this generous donation," visitor centre manager Anna Bland said.
"It brings a new educational element and fits well with our objective of informing and educating visitors on the importance of the honey bee to our environment."
The Arataki Honey Visitor Centre, at the foothills of Te Mata Peak, is home to the honey bee and New Zealand's largest beekeeping enterprise. The world of the honey bee can be explored in a modern and interactive environment.
Arataki Visitor Centre, open seven days, 9am-5pm, entry free.

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