Technical Comments

Response to Comment on “Floral Iridescence, Produced by Diffractive Optics, Acts As a Cue for Animal Pollinators”

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Science  28 Aug 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5944, pp. 1072
DOI: 10.1126/science.1173503

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Morehouse and Rutowski make interesting comments on the difficulties of untangling complex optical phenomena. However, our use of a four-colored transfer test in our original study, along with spectrophotometric analysis of the nonoverlapping colors produced by our target disks, allows us to conclude that bees can learn to use iridescence as a foraging cue.

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