European honeybees (Apis mellifera) have compound eyes made of tiny facets called ommatidia. The number of ommatidia is usually known in most model insects, but I cannot find reference for the European honeybees, despite bees being highly studied. How many ommatidia does a European honeybee have on average?


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4700 - 5400, according to Somanathan et al. (2009). They base their reported values on two other papers.

- Somanathan et al., J Exp Biol (2009); 212: 2448-53


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