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In common with most other insects the bumblebee compound eye is formed of a large number of individual hexagonal units called ommatidia. The outside part that we can see is called the lens, this lies over the crystalline cone, and beneath this are the visual cells leading to a nerve axon and the brain. There are three types of visual cells, ultraviolet-sensitive, blue-sensitive and green-sensitive. The ommatidia do not have any focusing ability.

Bumblebees, again in common with many other insects, also have three ocelli (often called primitive eyes) arranged in a triangular pattern on the top of the head, see the photographs above, below and on the right. Ocelli look like shiny bumps, and resemble the 2 large “headlamp” type eyes. The ocelli detect changes in light intensity. (
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September 2010


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  • Edge-of-dreams
    Edge-of-dreamsalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome image!

  • Thank you :) I love his fuzzy face :D

    – main1

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedlealmost 4 years ago

    Great macro!

  • Thank you Rick :^)

    – main1

  • jesika
    jesikaalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderul image, bees are so very beautiful

  • I agree! I love Bees! Thank you so much :)

    – main1

  • Gareth Jones
    Gareth Jonesalmost 4 years ago

    great capture Marleia

  • Thank you so much Gareth :)

    – main1

  • PlatypusPark
    PlatypusParkalmost 4 years ago

    What a cute face! Lovely shot.

  • Thank you so much!! I love Bumblebees :D

    – main1

  • Joseph T. Meirose IV
    Joseph T. Meir...almost 4 years ago

    Wow, up close and personal, w/ a Bumblebee! Excellent.

  • Hi Joe :) Thank you so much for commenting :D

    – main1

  • bonso
    bonsoalmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you so very much :-)

    – main1

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartalmost 4 years ago

    Great shot Marleia!

  • Thank you Martin :D

    – main1

  • Jim Sugrue
    Jim Sugruealmost 4 years ago

    Fuzzy little Bumble! Great shot!

  • I love Fuzzy Bees :) Thank you!!

    – main1

  • danamh40
    danamh40almost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your spotlight feature! September 23, 2010

  • Thank you so much Dana :)

    – main1

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