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Bees deal with darkness the same way humans do

It just took an eclipse, some microphones, and a bunch of schoolchildren to prove it.
A bee lands on a yellow flower.

When bees can't see well enough to buzz their way to another flower, they slow down, and eventually stop.


Even the industrious honey bee rests when the sun goes down, and that goes for other solar disappearances as well.

Plenty of anecdotes support the notion that solar eclipses can trick animals into performing their nighttime routines, but evidence in the scientific literature has been sparse. Eclipse science moves in fits and starts, in part because the chance to study them comes so rarely. Astronomers who plan, but biologists with other research priorities might consider themselves lucky to witness one or two.

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