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Is it true that ants can't see red light?

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:47 pm
by AntsDakota
If they can't, that means I can cover their formicariums with red plastic. I will be able to see them, but they won't be able to see me.

Re: Is it true that ants can't see red light?

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:52 pm
by harvesterant
Covering nests with red is a common strategy employed by ant keepers to see the ants while not stressing them. I have heard of this
fact being used to peoples' advantages.

Re: Is it true that ants can't see red light?

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:19 am
by JoeHostile1
It’s a myth. Insects can’t see the color red. That fact Has nothing to do with tinting light “red”. The film you use to cover your ants just dulls the light so it’s not as bright for the ants. You could also use blue, green, orange, black, ect film that would have the exact same effect.

Re: Is it true that ants can't see red light?

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:18 pm
by harvesterant
Wow, that is interesting, I did not know that!

Re: Is it true that ants can't see red light?

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:40 pm
by joyjoy22
I am not that sure but that might be interesting if ever it is true.

Re: Is it true that ants can't see red light?

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:36 pm
by PTasker15
JoeHostile1 wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:19 am
It’s a myth. Insects can’t see the color red. That fact Has nothing to do with tinting light “red”. The film you use to cover your ants just dulls the light so it’s not as bright for the ants. You could also use blue, green, orange, black, ect film that would have the exact same effect.
Red is the easiest to see through and disturbs then less(except for black)

Re: Is it true that ants can't see red light?

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:38 pm
by antnest8
Some species I hear can't see red as well such as lasius