Though bees can see colour, they perceive the world differently from us. Unlike humans, bees have evolved a different color recognition system which allows them to see colours in the ultra-violet range. New research takes into account the bee’s visual recognition system and the database indexes flower colours based on the pollinator’s point of view. This database includes over 2000 spectral reflectance records from countries like Germany, Norway and Brazil. FReD is free to use and is a valuable resource for scientists who want to make habitat or global comparisons of floral color.
Arnold SEJ, Faruq S, Savolainen V, McOwan PW, Chittka L, 2010 FReD: The Floral Reflectance Database — A Web Portal for Analyses of Flower Colour. PLoS ONE 5(12): e14287. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014287
Hat Tip: http://blogs.plos.org/everyone/2010/12/10/worth-a-thousand-words-33/