Although for the majority of human beings, the total eclipse of the sun which crosses the north of America is just a curiosity, the effect is different in animals.
According to records of these phenomena, the eclipses do affect the behavior of birds, insects and mammals.
In 1932, the Society of Natural History of Boston documented that during a solar eclipse, the crickets were too noisy, while the cicadas stopped singing. During the sudden darkening of the sky also intensified the activity of the mosquitoes, herds of hippo woke up from their naps daytime and the chickens, by contrast, fell to sleep.
The eclipse can also affect the spiders, which has seen them start to dismantle their networks during the totality, a process that typically only happens during the night.
What are these behaviors for a phenomenon that does not last more than 7 minutes in an extreme case?
“Some animals are scared or are curious and want to see what they consider to be a strange phenomenon,» he explained to Newsweek dr. Joanna Chiu, a professor of ifas Entomology and nematology of the University of California, Davis, whose research focuses on the circadian clocks of animals.
«Other animals that change their behavior more easily with changes in light conditions can confuse the eclipse with the night time and start doing what you would normally do at night,” he added.
“What you do will depend on if you are active during the day or night. In summary, it is not surprising that the eclipse will affect temporarily the behavior of the animal, but it is unlikely to affect your internal clock, or their long-term behavior».
Changes in behavior are more possible in animals in the wild state in our pets living in our homes and are less exposed to changes of light.
The eclipse of this Monday offers another opportunity to study the behavior of the animal. That’s why several zoos are handing out goggles and inviting visitors to register how is the behavior of the animals, an initiative to which have been added to Science Academies the length and breadth of the country.