The solar eclipse, even if partial, has negative effects on animals. The change in brightness, even if of short duration, causes confusion in many species. The sudden change in temperature and wind changes the behaviors and habits of different varieties. This was pointed out by Emiliano Mori of the Research Institute on Terrestrial Ecosystems of the National Research Council (Cnr-Iret).
Agitation and fear
With the sun obscured, even if partially, many animals get confused, others get agitated. All indiscriminately adopt the classic behavior that is observed in the evening or at night. An example: the birds return to the nest, the bees to the hive. In some species such as dogs, horses, giraffes, baboons, gorillas, corvids and flamingos, an anxious state linked to fear or in any case negative feelings can also develop. Nocturnal birds such as herons take flight, while diurnal birds such as pelicans reach their dormitories. Bees abruptly stop their activities, while spiders unravel and then reweave their webs. The cicadas increase their chirp and then become silent in the dark phase. Crickets and dragonflies become more active. Plants are also affected by the solar eclipse: some open and close the flowers and modify the photosynthesis process.