How Many Eyes Does A Bee Have?

Honey bees have five eyes in total. Two large compound eyes and three smaller ocelli or “simple” eyes in the center of their head.

Three simple (or occelli) eyes

These detect light, but not shapes, and therefore help bees to detect whether they are being approached by predators from above. They form a triangle on the head of a bee.

Two compound eyes

The large eyes on both sides of their head are also known as compound eyes. Each of them is made up of a lot of tiny cells (called ommatidea) that piece together an image of what the bee can actually see.

This video does a great job in explaining the remarkable structure of those compound eyes of honeybees:

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Did you know that bees can see the invisible?

Bees can actually sense an electric field of flowers (which have a slightly negative electric charge). Amazing, right?

Watch the video below to learn more:

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So next time you see a bee buzzing around the garden on a warm spring afternoon imagine how different their world looks!

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