An Eye For The Queen

Worker Honey Bee

Honey bee drones leave the hive in the morning, search for and mate with queens during the day and return to the hive. The eye of the honeybee drone is specialized for these tasks. The drone has larger eyes than the worker bees for better vision and to accommodate specialized areas. In both drones and worker bees, the ventral area of the eyes has more green receptors (containing green rhodopsin) which are better for terrestrial navigation and tasks such as locating the hive….

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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