Bee Activities

Bees in Color Activity

Can bees see color? After conducting the bees in color experiment, you'll discover the answer.

What You'll Need:

  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Pan
  • Colored paper
  • Safe scissors
  • Clear plastic cups
  • Outdoor table
  • Heavy washers
  • Notebook

How to do the bees in color activity:Step 1: Make nectar to attract bees by mixing one quarter-cup of sugar with one cup of water. Heat the mixture slowly in a pan on the stove until the sugar dissolves. Let the mix cool.

Step 2: Cut squares of colored paper four inches on each side. Use red, orange, yellow, green, blue, deep blue, violet, white, black, and gray.

Step 3: Cut the bottoms out of as many clear plastic cups as you have squares of paper. Tape the squares to the top of an outdoor table. Set one cup bottom on each square. Add a washer to weigh it down, then pour in some nectar.

Step 4: Wait patiently for the bees. Which colors do they land on? To keep track, make a table in your notebook. Every ten minutes, check the experiment. Count the number of bees on each color, and write that down next to each color.

The next time you check, put your counts in another column of boxes. At the end of the day, remove the dishes.

Step 5: The next day, do the experiment again. Do the bees visit their favorite square even if no food is on it?

Step 6: Now confuse the bees. Next to the colored squares, set out gray squares similar in shade to the colored squares. If bees see color, they should land mostly on the colored squares. If they can't, they should visit the gray squares too.

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