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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Since the cause of CCD has not yet been determined, all we can do right now is provide a nourishing environment for bees. Studies suggest planting bee-friendly plants, refraining from using pesticides, and refraining from using insecticides. (Oldroyd 2007) UV Spectrum ABeeCs of CCD Habitat Restoration What is CCD? What can I do? In an effort to determine which plants are most bee-friendly, we conducted a study to test which color they are most attracted to. We observed honey bees in the San Diego area for 10 minutes, four days a week, for four weeks. We placed red, yellow, blue/violet, and flowerless chrysanthemumsin 3 different San Diego locations. Our results revealed that bees visited blue/violet plants more frequently than other colors. Colony Collapse Disorder is affecting honey bees world-wide. Symptoms include death and paralysis of adult worker bees. Scientists have not determined a cause of CCD yet and therefore, cannot take action towards a cure. (vanEngelsdorp 2009) Honey bees see in the UV spectrum, giving them a much different perspective than us. Studies show that they tend to be drawn towards blue and violet flowers because they have a lower wavelength (400-475nm) than other colors. (Horridge 1998) Image from: from: vanEngelsdorp (2009), Oldroyd (2007), and Horridge (1998).Created by: J. M. Gould 2014
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