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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