Ongoing Study: Busy Bee Behavior During Eclipse

April 4, 2024

Different animals have been analyzed during eclipses, like in zoos for example, for decades. But bees are very under researched.

Ferhat Ozturk, an assistant professor of practice in the University of Texas San Antonio Department of Integrative Biology, as he prepares to study bees during the total solar eclipse.

Why It Matters: Bees emerge from their hives in the spring season to forage nectar, pollen, and water. Peak foraging takes place in April and May. This year, the total solar eclipse falls during their foraging season, meaning bees will be placed in a unique position as daylight becomes a full-moon night in certain places. One professor in San Antonio, a city on the edge of the eclipse’s path of totality, placed recording devices into beehives to capture how bees react during the eclipse – particularly how they react to the change of sunlight during their busy season.

Ozturk explains, “We want to see if they’re humming, if they continue their dances or if they’re crowding the entrance of the hive. We’ll also be enjoying the eclipse at the same time. We have our eclipse glasses.

Read More: UTSA professor reveals buzz on bee behavior during eclipses (UTSA)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas