Hexagonal Insect Vision

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Insects see the world very differently from humans. The compound eyes that make up their ocular organs consist of hundreds of different individual eyes called ommatidia [1]. This Demonstration creates a spherical 3D mesh representing an image that is overlaid with a hexagonal grid simulating an insect's vision. The varying colors and intensity of the lighting represent the different range of colors that insects can see.

Contributed by: Roshan Nair (October 2015)
(Mathematica Summer Camp 2015)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA




[1] M. F. Land, "Visual Acuity in Insects," Annual Review of Entomology, 42, 1997 pp. 147–177.

[2] Image in modified form: By Peripitus. (Own work). commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nelumno_nucifera _open _flower _-_botanic _garden _adelaide2.jpg.

[3] Image in modified form: By Opoterser. (Own work). commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Phidippus_audax _male.jpg.

[4] Image in modified form: By Onorem. (Own work). commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gull_Lake _sunset.JPG.

[5] Image in modified form: By gcardinal. (Own work). commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Oslo_City _buildings _as _seen _by _a _fisheye _lens.jpg.

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