Crepuscular Animals Are Most Active During?
Today’s trivia question is one where a strong recall of your old Latin lessons really pays off. Crepuscular, an English word derived from the Latin word crepusculum or “twilight,” is a zoological term used to refer to animals which are primarily active during the twilight surrounding dawn and dusk.
Many animals that people commonly refer to as nocturnal, or active at night, are really more specifically crepuscular in their activities. Many common mammals like bats, ferrets, and domesticated cats are often considered nocturnal, but in reality they engage in their primary physical activity for the day in the twilight hours and, to human observers, they appear to be active at night (when in reality they spend most of the night asleep just like humans do). Crepuscular patterns aren’t limited just to mammals, either: one of the most apparent examples of crepuscularity among insects is the flashy firefly. Fireflies have a furious period of activity every evening after the sun sets and their movement, feeding, and mating subsides as it grows darker (and cooler).
Crepuscular animals can even be further divided into matutinal (creatures only active at dawn) and vespertine (creatures active only at dusk). In our previous example, the firefly would qualify as a vespertine creature (as would most other insects with crepuscular activity patterns) because it is only active at dusk.
More Trivia Questions
“Gaffer Tape” Derives Its Name From Which Of These Industries?
The Primary Mineral Responsible For The Petrification Of Petrified Wood Is?
The USB in “USB Cable” Stands For What?
Which Common Computer Process Owes Its Name To A Boisterous Baron?
The First Commercial Multicore Microprocessor Was The?
In The Early 2000s, Apple Had Issues With An iBook Laptop That Smelled Like?
Which Early Computer Had The Signatures Of Its Design Team Engraved On Its Case?
IV Is The Roman Numeral Designation For 4 Everywhere But…?
The Only Type Of Conifer Tree That Can Produce Viable “Albino” Children Is The?
Who Is The Most Widely Portrayed Literary Figure In Film and Television?