The end of summer isn’t the only thing that can cause bees to go silent.
On August 21, 2017, while an estimated 215 million Americans stopped to admire the nation’s first total solar eclipse in more than 40 years, bees stopped too.
With the help of bee watchers in Oregon, Missouri, and Idaho, a team of researchers led by Candace Galen placed microphones with 16 different monitoring stations around flower patches to analyze the behavioral patterns of bees during the solar eclipse.
What they found was expected — bumblebees completely stopped flying or working once the sun was fully blacked out by the moon. Read more…