Total Solar Eclipse and Insects

Home / Blog / Total Solar Eclipse and Insects

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible along a thin, diagonal path across the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. Some communities in this “path of totality” will experience complete daytime darkness for more than two minutes!

While humans can prepare for this rare occurrence and approach the total eclipse with wonder and curiosity, wildlife’s reaction may be one of survival.

We may see wildlife become more active and restless during the eclipse. It has been observed in previous eclipses that diurnal cicadas have stopped singing during the dark period, while nocturnal insects like crickets began singing but stopped after the sun reappeared. Mosquitoes have been shown to still feed, while honeybees may return to their hives.

All goes back to normal after the sun reappears but could leave wildlife in confusion. While enjoying the solar eclipse, keep your eyes and ears out for reactions from even the smallest beings in the animal kingdom.