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Bees see five times faster than humans

Bees see the world almost five times faster than humans, says new research.

world Updated: Apr 21, 2010 00:46 IST

Bees see the world almost five times faster than humans, says new research.

This gives bumblebees the fastest colour vision of all animals, allowing them to easily navigate shady bushes to find food, says Peter Skorupski and Lars Chittka from the University of London.

The ability to see at high speed is common in fast-flying insects; allowing them to escape predators and catch their mates mid-air.

However, until now it wasn’t known whether the bees’ full colour vision was able to keep up with their high speed flight.

This research sheds new light on the matter; suggesting that although slower, it is also about twice as fast as human vision.