Scared of the moon? That’s batty!

Scared of the moon? That’s batty!

Scientists discover that bats hide from the moon on bright nights

One of the most beautiful sights in nature is a full moon, glowing like a huge silver coin in a clear sky.

But apparently not everyone thinks that a full moon is a good thing.  Some scientists working at a university in Mexico have been looking at 26 different species of bats.  Surprisingly, they have discovered that 25 of those types of bats prefer to hide from bright moonlight.

Bats that normally fly and hunt for their food under the trees or close to the surface of water are the most timid when it comes to the moon.  The high-fliers who spend most of their time above the treetops were much braver and hardly changed their behaviour when the moon is at its biggest and brightest.


Bats flying out of a cave as the sun sets (c) cc NPS.GOV

Nobody knows for sure why bats tend to hide away when the moon is full, but one of the most likely explanations is that the brighter light makes it easier for predators to spot the bats and gobble them up.  Perhaps there is a good reason for their selenophobia (that's fear of full moons to you and me) after all.

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