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

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

Post: # 40131Post AntsDakota
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:47 pm

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

Post: # 55787Post harvesterant
Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:52 pm

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.

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

Post: # 55832Post JoeHostile1
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.
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Re: Is it true that ants can't see red light?

Post: # 55833Post harvesterant
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:18 pm

Wow, that is interesting, I did not know that!

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

Post: # 55853Post joyjoy22
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:40 pm

I am not that sure but that might be interesting if ever it is true.

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

Post: # 55871Post PTasker15
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:36 pm

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)
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Myrmecositis Mexicanus
Formica Subsercea
Pheidole Moerens
Pheidole Obscuriothorax
Pheidole Bicarinata
Tetramourium Bicarinatum
Temnothorax Lonvcieps
Camponotua Castanus
Solenopsis Richteri,invicta,xyloni,Molesta.

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

Post: # 55918Post antnest8
Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:38 pm

Some species I hear can't see red as well such as lasius
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Re: Is it true that ants can't see red light?

Post: # 56064Post Hunter36o
Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:58 am

From what I've read all ants can see red in one form of another. It's all about the light level mixed with a particular shade of red. Lasius Nigers seem to be the most able when it comes to seeing red light in any level, where as if I am not mistaken (I read this before hibernation season kicked in) tetramorium has much greater difficulty at identifying red light but the short end of it all ants can see red. It's actually the light under certain shades of red they struggle with.

All this has to come into consideration after the fact that ants do not rely on sight for the most part. I will try find that article as it was a good read.
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