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Are bats afraid of the moon ?

Posted on Wednesday, 3 October, 2012 | Comment icon 16 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Despite being creatures of the night bats appear to have a strong aversion to being in direct moonlight.

Scientists in Mexico have determined that bats appear to stay in the shadows and that they are less active in moonlit environments than they are in areas with a lot of cover. Regarded as "the first reliable evaluation of the lunar phobia phenomenon", the research suggests that bats' fear of the moon could stem from a lack of feeding opportunities and a greater risk of being attacked by predators.

"The effect of moonlight on the activity of bats had not been revised despite the existence of information accumulated over 20 years in different parts of the world," said biologist Romeo Saldana-Vazquez. "Habitats where light enters more easily causes more bat-activity decreases compared with bats that forage in the darkest places."

"Scientists in Mexico collated studies of bat behaviour from all over the world and analysed them for evidence of "lunar phobia" or "fear of the moon"."

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Comment icon #7 Posted by Hilander on 4 October, 2012, 0:24
If they are afraid of the moon it looks like they would stay away from yard lights.
Comment icon #8 Posted by JGirl on 4 October, 2012, 0:43
Moonlight scares bats into hiding in the shadows, new research suggests. Scientists in Mexico collated studies of bat behaviour from all over the world and analysed them for evidence of "lunar phobia" or "fear of the moon". The study found that the activity of bats in moonlit habitats decreased on bright nights compared with bats that live and forage in darker places. This may be explained by a higher risk of predation and lack of feeding opportunities in moonlight, it found. http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/19719986 so we are calling this fear? i call it an instinctive reaction to light affecting ... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by Idano on 4 October, 2012, 1:09
Guys, forget the bats... The avatar is bad ass!! Those that know, know. Love the Bison-Vega-Balrog pic MidKn13ght Speaking of avatars, yours is looking pretty spiffy lately Junior Chubb. I like the wardrobe change.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Khaleid on 4 October, 2012, 5:33
Thats because they don't like the sun. They probably don't like flashlights either, I would assume. Bats eat fruit in the dark! Fruit apparently tastes sweeter In the night according to 2 Belgen
Comment icon #11 Posted by Device on 4 October, 2012, 6:09
No. Since the dawn of time, bats have always loved the moon. That will never change.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Junior Chubb on 4 October, 2012, 8:06
Speaking of avatars, yours is looking pretty spiffy lately Junior Chubb. I like the wardrobe change. Cheers Idano Got to stay looking sharp, due for a change today though.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Ever Learning on 4 October, 2012, 10:31
brain proberly cant comprehend using his visual stimuli as it depends on its hearing. proberly gets disorientated when visually over stimulated.
Comment icon #14 Posted by MidKn13ght on 4 October, 2012, 16:26
Guys, forget the bats... The avatar is bad ass!! Those that know, know. Love the Bison-Vega-Balrog pic MidKn13ght lol thanks! looks like someone knows their street fighter
Comment icon #15 Posted by Twin Peaks on 6 October, 2012, 15:40
The Moon light might effect them in some other msyterious way.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Urisk on 7 October, 2012, 15:21
Thats because they don't like the sun. They probably don't like flashlights either, I would assume. Bats eat fruit in the dark! Nah I've led plenty bat walks via torchlight and they've never bothered once. Could it just be that hatchings of wee beasties tend to happen more on muggy, cloud-covered nights? That said I've seen bats out in all weathers. Well not ALL, very wet or windy weather tends to keep them snuggled up in their roosts.


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