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Eyes help navigate using the sun: bees

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Surface of a Western honey bee’s eye / Janice Carr .. / LicensePD - Public Domain

The eyes of bees help them navigate by detecting polarized light.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
"Bees have an amazing ability to discern and employ polarized light. They use the position of the sun to navigate their way to and from the hive." (Shuker 2001:8)
About the inspiring organism
Apoidea
Apoidea

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Simple navigation devices that analyze polarized light, cargo inspection devices.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Navigation, security

References
Shuker, KPN. 2001. The Hidden Powers of Animals: Uncovering the Secrets of Nature. London: Marshall Editions Ltd. 240 p.
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