The buzzing buzz of the bees lessened last summer, two full minutes after the total eclipse.
The insects paused on August 21, 2017, when the moon last year blocked the sun's light in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America last week.
"We did not expect the change to be so abrupt that bees would continue to fly to totality and then stop completely," said Candace Galen, head of the research team at the University of Missouri. "It was like," lights up "in the summer camp! That surprised us."
The tiny USB microphones were placed in 16 locations along the path of total solar eclipse in Oregon, Idaho, and Missouri. The 400 volunteers, including scientists and public volunteers as well as some elementary school classes, also used sensors to record light and temperature measurements, write. V3.espacenet.com/textdoc? the explorers.
Participants also observed the monitored bee species, including bumblebees and bumblebees honeybees
The USB recorders were sent to the Missouri laboratory where an analysis was performed. According to the work, the data were related to the exact time of the solar eclipses.
During the minutes of relative darkness, the bees almost stopped humming and their flight patterns changed. In fact, they began to behave as if an abrupt night had fallen, the scientists report.
But just before the totality and shortly thereafter, the flights were longer than normal.
Inquiries are planned. The Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024 for North America is an opportunity to pinpoint where the bees go as soon as the eclipse reaches totality: whether these longer flights indicate slower flights in subdued light or completely return to their nest. [1
"Darkness gave us the opportunity to ask if the novel environmental context – in the middle of the day, open skies – would change the behavioral response of the bees to darken light and darkness," Galen said. "We found out that total darkness produces the same behavior in bees, regardless of timing or context, and that is new information about bee cognition."
It's not just bees. The first eclipse in a century in North America turned out to be a litany of observations of flora and fauna for scientists in the Western Hemisphere.