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What type of honey bees live in my area? What color are they most attracted to? Can they see color?
Question Date: 2009-05-07
Answer 1:

Types of bees that are most common to your area (Buellton, CA) include the European Honey Bee (the small orange/black bee) and the bumblebee (large, mostly black with some orange or yellow).

Bees see in ultraviolet colors, not visible to the human eye. Certain flowers have 'landing lines' that are within the petals that direct the bees to the nectar and pollen. The California poppy has ultraviolet pollen so when the pollen is gone the flower is no longer enticing to the bees. This website


has some good comparisons between visible light (what we see) and UV light (what bees see)

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