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Desfontainia spinosa has long tubular red corollas distally divided into five yellow lobes.

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The reflected light was collected with a single central internal fiber. The light radiance sensor at a distance of cm from the sample allowed measurements of a surface area of 0. In the case of flowers displaying more than one color, as in E. The categorization of the flower reflection spectra was based on the area under the normalized function calculated for the spectral regions between nm, nm and nm.

Using the spectral reflectance curves of flower's red coloration together with the photoreceptor spectral sensitivity curves simulated for B. Standard D65 daylight was assumed as illumination light Wyszecki and Stiles, The RNL model assumes that detection and discrimination of color is limited by the noise originated in the photoreceptors. Intensity brightness cues are ignored in the model.

Predictions of the model agree with the results of behavioral experiments in a number of animals including the honeybee Vorobyev and Osorio, ; Vorobyev et al. The only Hymenopteran for which receptor noise has been measured is the honeybee Vorobyev et al. A two-dimensional color opponent diagram corresponding to RNL model can be obtained by considering a plane, whose co-ordinates are related to receptor signals f i by: where:.

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A colony of B. The arena was connected to a nest-box, which contained the colony, through a clear plastic tunnel that could be selectively closed. Bees were trained to detect a pure red stimulus Tr against a green background. During the learning trials only red targets were presented in the experimental arena, a procedure that resembles absolute conditioning. The targets used in the training and test phase of the experiment were 10 cm diameter circular discs, and the sucrose solution was applied directly on the center of the disc. For the experiments a total of four trained worker bees were marked and tested in a discrimination test.

First we tested if the bees had learned Tr by presenting this stimulus in the arena together with a blue stimulus, which differed with respect to Tr both at the chromatic and achromatic level.

In the three subsequent tests Tr was presented in the arena together with an unrewarded alternative stimuli chromatically equivalent to the background but with variable levels of achromatic contrast. Stimuli with three different levels of L-receptor contrast were chosen for these tests. During the test phase only one stimulus was simultaneously presented together with Tr in the experimental arena.

The behaviors of the bees in the arena were videotaped and later analyzed with respect to their choices. All of the approach flights that ended up with landing or contact of the bee with the colored targets were considered as choices. After each trial the targets were cleaned with alcohol to eliminate any possible odor cue left by the bees and the position of the targets was randomly changed. The colors used for constructing the training and alternative stimuli were colored papers combined with neutral filters of variable densities. The spectral reflectance curves of the different colors Fig.

Chromatic and achromatic contrasts were calculated with respect to the green background color. The red-training stimulus Tr had a negative L-receptor contrast value of 0. The first alternative stimulus was a blue target with chromatic and achromatic contrast values of The other three alternative stimuli were chromatically equivalent to the background and we named them achromatic 1, 2 and 3 Achr.

At the achromatic level, Achr. The first and total numbers of choices for each configuration were pooled, and the null hypothesis of random choice between the different chromatic configurations was tested by means of a log-likelihood ratio test for goodness of fit G -test Sokal and Rohlf, The spectral sensitivity function of B. It extends from to nm. A clear peak is found in the UV part of the spectrum, with a maximal sensitivity value at nm. As expected from the overlap of the two corresponding rhodopsins the sensitivity in the blue and green parts of the spectrum does not show a clear separation, indicating underlying sensitivity peaks at around nm and nm, respectively.

These results do not show an extended sensitivity to long wavelengths in B. The simulation performed to estimate the sensitivity peaks of the visual pigments that contribute to the ERG signal is also included on Fig. Spectral reflectance curves of the colors used in the behavioral experiments. This type of reflectance curve was found in T. All these red flowers absorb light strongly between and nm and have a sharp increase of reflectance at around nm.

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The continuous line represents the global function fitted to our data, while the dotted line function corresponds to the modeled pigments' sensitivities. The flowers in this category are characterized by a small peak in the blue part of the spectrum and a sharp increase of reflectance around nm. Flowers in this category vary with respect to the amount of reflectance in the UV and green parts of the spectrum. The flowers of A. The flowers of C. Embothrium coccineum absorbs UV, has a small peak in the blue part of the spectrum at nm with a trough around nm.

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This flower also reflects in the blue-green and red parts of the spectrum, with a sharp rise around nm Fig. All flowers in this last category are unicolored. Spectral properties of the color configurations used in the behavioral experiments. Spectral reflectance curves of human red-looking flowers from eight plant species from the temperate forests of southern South America. The spectral reflectance curves of the leaves I for all the species evaluated are included in the figure. For C Eccremocarpus scaber and D Desfontainia spinosa the secondary colors present in the flowers were also plotted.

For A. The pure red-reflecting flowers from D. The uncolored region is given this name because colors occupying this region subtend chromatic distance values, with respect to the background center of the diagram , below the discrimination threshold and would then appear achromatic to the bees. Mitraria coccinea, T. At the achromatic level, these flowers show negative L-receptor contrast to the background with values of 0. The respective loci of the red coloration in each flower are plotted in the bee's color space diagram Fig. One of the pure red-reflecting flowers falls into an uncolored region in the bee's color space while the other three occupy a cluster on the periphery of this region.

Spectral properties of red patterns of eight plant species respect to an average green foliage background. In the subsequent three tests Tr was tested against fully achromatic stimuli with variable levels of L-receptor contrast. When Tr was presented along with Achr.

Note that Achr. When Tr was tested against Achr. The results from the first and total number of choices were statistically equivalent. Thus, in Fig. According to these results bumblebees trained to detect pure red targets discriminated them on the basis of achromatic L-receptor contrast, and that the animals required rather high L-receptor contrast differences between stimuli in order to discriminate them. Loci of flowers' red coloration pattern in the color diagram representing the bees' color space. The chromatic coordinates were calculated for each color according to the receptor noise-limited model of honeybee color vision Vorobyev and Osorio, ; Vorobyev et al.

The unity distance corresponds to one standard deviation of the noise.

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The color locus of the background foliage average is by definition at origin of the color diagram 0, 0. The eight ornithophyllous red-flowered species evaluated in this study revealed a diversity of conditions with respect to their bee-specific coloration. Half of the species evaluated C.

The other species studied E.

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One possibility is that B. However, considering that the only example of tetrachromatic color vision including a red receptor was found in a solitary bee Peitsch et al. Our results based on ERG recordings do not support the possibility of an extended sensitivity at longer wavelengths, indicating that B. The flowers studied here provide both chromatic and achromatic contrast for the color vision system of B. Pure red-reflecting flowers, however, tend to cluster close to the uncolored region in the bees' color space with some species subtending chromatic contrast above and others below the discrimination threshold Table 2.

Due to the lower intensities by which red flowers would stimulate the L-receptor relative to the green foliage background, most of these flowers yield negative values of L-receptor contrast. Thus, red flowers seen only by bees' L-receptor achromatic channel will appear as dim targets against a bright green foliage background.

A critical parameter determining visual stimuli detectability by bees is the spatial distribution of L-receptor contrast Giurfa et al.

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Patterns having a central disc weak in L-receptor contrast dim surrounded by a ring strong in L-receptor contrast bright yield detection limits at lower visual angles than a pattern having a bright central disc surrounded by a dim color Hempel De Ibarra et al. It has been suggested that the structural substrate explaining the impairment of stimuli with blurred edges are center surround organization neurons Giurfa and Vorobyev, Considering that all the pure red flowers studied here have negative values of l -receptor contrast, it can be argued that this characteristic of red flowers might represent a salient cue, which would increase their detectability, facilitate their learning and determine the strategy by which bees would discriminate them from other flowers.

A recent study shows that honeybees can discriminate between several pairs of long wavelength-reflecting stimuli subtending large visual angles 30 deg. As pointed out by Reisenman and Giurfa Reisenman and Giurfa, the correlation between the bees' performance and the chromatic contrast might be due to the fact that some of the stimuli used in their study stimulated the M-receptor as well, and therefore neural integration could in principle evaluate the differences between two types of input channels.

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In order to address this hypothesis we conducted behavioral experiments aiming to test if a trichromatic bee like B. In our experiments the stimuli were displayed horizontally on the surface of a flight arena, using green as background color. This experimental setup provides less constrained the bees could approach the target from any direction and view it under varying visual angle and more naturalistic conditions than the setup used in the experiments reported by Reisenman and Giurfa Reisenman and Giurfa, in which bees were trained to vertically arranged stimuli within a Y-maze in order to control the angular sizes of the stimuli.

Our results show that B. The trained bees could not, however, discriminate the pure red-training stimuli from fully achromatic ones within a wide range of L-receptor contrast, indicating that bees learned to detect the red targets using their L-receptor-mediated visual pathway. Raven proposed that red coloration was acquired in hummingbird-pollinated plants as an adaptation for excluding bees Raven, Based on Spaethe et al's Spaethe et al.

However, it is becoming clear from the many reports of bees visiting pure red flowers Daumer, ; Kevan, ; Menzel and Shmida, ; Vickery, , including the four new species studied here, that bees are capable of actively detecting and visiting pure red flowers by their high levels of negative achromatic contrast. To fully understand the relationship between red flowers and their visitors it is essential to consider the historical context in which such flowers and their pollinators evolved.

Hummingbirds Apodiformes, Trochilidae first appeared in the late Paleocene Although a recent fossil has surfaced in the Old World Mayr, , it is generally agreed that the hummingbirds arose in the New World and specifically South America Bleiweiss, , where they are restricted today. The genus Bombus originated in the late Eocene to early Oligocene around 30 million years ago.

Historical biogeographical assessments reveal an Old World origin followed by multiple dispersal events into the New World occurring after 21 million years ago, with migration into South America estimated after 10 million years ago, in accordance with the formation of the Panamanian land bridge Hines, This historical scenario suggests that red hummingbird-pollinated flowers in southern South America would have pre-dated the appearance of bumblebees to the extent that native bumblebees would have colonized successfully into an already rich red-flower environment.

These circumstances suggest that red coloration in hummingbird-pollinated flowers in southern South America probably evolved independently of any interaction with bumblebees, although clearly this claim cannot be made with respect to other kinds of bees. In any case, all other things being equal, our results tend to support Chittka and Waser Chittka and Waser, on the need to lay to rest the notion that red coloration evolved as a way to exclude bee visitors.