6 Animals That Can See or Glow in Ultraviolet Light

More

Humans are pretty good at seeing reds, blues, and yellows, but for animals ranging from bees to reindeer, ultraviolet lights up their vision

scorpion.jpg

The mug on my desk is is maybe five inches tall, weighs less than a pound, and is light purple.

One of these things is not like the other. Size and weight are properties of the mug, but color is different. Color is in the eye of the beholder.

What we call the visible spectrum -- light wavelengths from violet to red -- is the light that typical humans can see. But many animals, such as birds, bees, and certain fish, perceive ultraviolet (beyond violet). And they see a totally different world.

Here's what we're learning about the world beyond our vision:

Image: Furryscaly/Flickr.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Sad Desk Lunch: Is This How You Want to Die?

How to avoid working through lunch, and diseases related to social isolation.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more

Video

Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.

Video

What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world

Writers

Up
Down

More in Technology

Just In