Category: Night vision

The Elephant hawk moth, Deilephila elpenor. These moths not only have good night vision, they can also distinguish the colours of flowers by the light of the stars.

Razor-sharp eyesight in the night-time jungle

Some insects have exellent nocturnal vision, despite having the same type of compound eyes as insects that are active during the day. Nocturnal bees in the rainforests of Panama can percieve light intensities that are 100 million times weaker than daylight! HOW DO FLYING INSECTS IMPROVE THEIR EYESIGHT AT NIGHT?...

The tropical bee, Megalopta genialis, can perceive light intensities that are 100 million times weaker than daylight. This nocturnal bee is one of the insects that provided inspiration for a night vision video camera. Scanning electron microscope image by Rita Wallén.

Car’s video camera helps you see like an insect

The way that nocurnal insects intensify incoming light could be used to improve how cameras function in low light. Eric Warrent had the idea of applying his insect vision algorithm to a video camera. The algorithm senses how light it is and how much the camera is moving. Just as...