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As expected, honeybees use olfactory signals in selecting which flowers they wish to pollinate (Heiling et al. 2004). Crab spiders can also use scent in their hunting site decision. This was found in a study performed by Astrid M. Heiling et al. in 2004, where honeybees and crab spiders were presented the choice between two flowers in the presence and absence of olfactory cues. In their presence, crab spiders and honeybees selected the same flower for hunting and foraging, respectively, 75% of the time (n=60), however in the absence of the cues, the selection of the same flower boiled down to little more than chance.

Of course, flower selection for both species is not as easy as a quick sniff. Both also use visual cues. For example, foraging honeybees have been found to prefer flowers with radial symmetry over bilateral symmetry , examples of both seen in the insert to the left, in tests where olfactory signals were removed (Wignall et al. 2005). Some visual signals are harder to detect. In particular, visual signals communicated at ultraviolet wavelengths are difficult to study as they are invisible to the human eye, but are the likely culprit for much of the manipulation of floral signals used by crab spiders to attract honeybees. It has been shown that honeybees are more likely to approach flowers occupied by crab spiders than those without (Heiling et al. 2003), although native Australian bees are less likely than introduced European bees to actually land on occupied flowers (Heiling and Herberstein, 2004).

In a spectral study conducted by Heiling et al. in 2003, it was shown that crab spiders sitting on white daisies have high UV contrast, thus making the signaling strategy of the Australian crab spider quite different than those who lurk in tree bark or blend into the background. In fact, this makes them particularly conspicuous in the insect visual spectrum when seen at close quarters. So why are honeybees attracted to these risky flowers? The findings of the study are consistent with empirical data that show that bees innately prefer flowers with strongly contrasting markings. Thus a contrasted spider, even with the known danger, makes a flower incredibly enticing.

Bilateral Symmetry Photo Credits: Denis Barthel and SiGarb
Bilateral Symmetry Photo Credits: Denis Barthel and SiGarb

Playing the game: australian crab spiders alter their behavior to attract prey

What do honeybees see?

Imagine you’re a honeybee, flying around, looking for a delicious flower to pollinate. What would you see? This intriguing question is in the process of being answered by some of the world’s top ecologists, physiologists, and evolutionary biologists.

Honeybees are UV-blue-green trichromats, a combination so popular that it must have appeared early in the evolution of insects. UV vision is the most common wavelengths detected by insects; in fact, not a single species of insects has a confirmed absence of UV vision.

Honeybees are capable of viewing their world at high sensitivity and enhance contrast, a capability that comes in handy in UV-rich environments where they often live such as meadows.

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where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
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nanopartical of organic/inorganic / physical chemistry , pdf / thesis / review
Ali
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
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There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
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Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
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no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
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Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
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Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
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ya I also want to know the raman spectra
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what about nanotechnology for water purification
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please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
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Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
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what is the stm
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is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
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industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
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How we are making nano material?
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What is meant by 'nano scale'?
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scanning tunneling microscope
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Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
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what is differents between GO and RGO?
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what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
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if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
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analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
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Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
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what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
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The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
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nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
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Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
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what king of growth are you checking .?
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What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
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why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
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yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
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why?
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what school?
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biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
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Source:  OpenStax, Mockingbird tales: readings in animal behavior. OpenStax CNX. Jan 12, 2011 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11211/1.5
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