I was doing a little research last night and came across the great little tidbit!
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Hibiscus flowers and compact discs share a commonality: They both produce the same illusion of bright colors, reflecting light from ordered grooves in their surfaces. Scientists are now discovering that there’s more of this flower trickery going on than meets the human eye.
University of Cambridge scientist Beverley Glover is a biologist who studies plant color and pollinators. Several years ago, she and a team of researchers learned that floral iridescence caused by multiple layers or diffraction gratings similar to CD grooves might be more prevalent than anyone thought.
They found it in hibiscus and tulip flowers. Although humans might not be able to see this level of iridescence, bees can.
Glover recently created an exhibit about color in nature for the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition in London. The exhibit invites visitors to design their own nanostructures to find out which colors can be seen by bees. For now the exercise is just for fun, but knowing what bees see could become an enormous agricultural advantage.
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