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Technology Scientists discover bees stop buzzing during solar eclipses

12:05  11 october  2018
12:05  11 october  2018 Source:   cnet.com

Bees act really strange when there’s a solar eclipse and scientists can’t explain it

  Bees act really strange when there’s a solar eclipse and scientists can’t explain it The much-hyped total solar eclipse that streaked across the United States in 2017 changed how a lot of us behaved for a very short period of time. Instead of working or playing, we stared at the skies like a bunch of weirdos for a bit, but apparently humans weren't the only ones affected by the spectacle. In a new study published in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America, researchers explain that bees decided to take a break from their busy days as well.

A total solar eclipse passed through 10 states, with the path of totality moving from the East Coast to the West over the course During that time something very weird happened—all of the bees stopped buzzing . Scientists discovered bee activity ceased during the total solar eclipse last year.

Scientists recorded the activities of bees during the 2017 total solar eclipse . They found that bees completely stopped flying and buzzing . The research team based their hypothesis on a few previous reports which indicated that bee

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Bees do the most peculiar thing when the moon goes dark: nothing.

The insects will quit buzzing when a solar eclipse reaches complete darkness, according to a study by researchers at the University of Missouri.

The researchers found that a solar eclipse would trigger similar behaviour in bees to how they behave at dusk: flying slower and returning to their colonies at night. This sheds some light on how bees respond to environmental cues that they didn't expect.

The study involved nearly 400 participants including scientists, members of the public and elementary school teachers and students who helped set up 16 monitoring stations across Oregon, Idaho and Missouri that were part of the path of totality during the 2017 eclipse.

A Celestial Event Left Bees Speechless

  A Celestial Event Left Bees Speechless In more than a dozen spots along the path of totality, bees went silent.Those were the humans. The bees had a pretty different reaction.

In August 2017, thousands of people traveled hundreds of kilometers to witness a full solar eclipse , a Several species—besides humans—are known to behave unusually during eclipses , and new The scientists suspect the bees went into “nighttime mode” in response to the sudden loss of sunlight.

Researchers have realized a new study that discover bees stop buzzing during the solar eclipses better to say when a solar eclipse reaches darkness. There is no secret that scientists are always interested in the behavior of animals during the solar eclipses .

Small USB microphones protected by windscreens to minimise noise -- far away from foot and vehicle traffic -- were suspended on lanyards near bee-pollinated flowers at each station to record flight buzzes. Light and temperature data were also captured in some locations.

An analysis of the data collected showed that bees continued to be active in the phases before and after totality, but during totality, they completely stopped flying. Immediately before and after totality, bee flights tended to be longer in duration. The researchers thought this could be an indication the bees were returning to their nests or that they had reduced flight speed to lower collision risks.

Scientists have long been fascinated by animal behaviour during solar eclipses. In the study, the researchers also noted earlier observations made on the behavioural responses of seabirds, antelope and cattle.

Bees deal with darkness the same way humans do

Bees deal with darkness the same way humans do It just took an eclipse, some microphones, and a bunch of schoolchildren to prove it. 

Scientists expected bees to gradually cease buzzing as the sky darkened during an eclipse . Instead, they stopped altogether. Though there were reports from the public that honeybees returned to their hives during the 1932 total solar eclipse , which swept through Canada and parts of Maine, Vermont

A citizen science project during 2017's solar eclipse helped researchers study how bees responded to the eclipse . HowStuffWorks looks at the results. In 2017, when portions of the United States went black during the latest total solar eclipse there, bees stopped buzzing and postponed all activity

"The eclipse gave us an opportunity to ask whether the novel environmental context -- mid-day, open skies -- would alter the bees' behavioral response to dim light and darkness. As we found, complete darkness elicits the same behavior in bees, regardless of timing or context. And that's new information about bee cognition," said Candace Galen, lead researcher on the study.

At the next total solar eclipse, which takes on April 8, 2024, Galen and her team hope to find out if bees return home when the "lights go out" at totality, she said. They are hence working to enhance their audio-analysis software to distinguish the flights that foraging bees make when they leave or return to their colonies.


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