Wildlife

Bats: Nature's Agricultural Allies

Dr Peter Taylor Bat colonies living in the roofs of farm buildings are at best a barely tolerable nuisance to many farmers. What they overlook is the fact that bats are the major predators of night-flying insects, including many that are important agricultural pests. Some 70% of the world's almost 1000 species of bats eat insects. Bats display a fascinating variety of adaptations for feeding on different groups of insects. Species of slit-faced bats have long ears to detect the sounds made by crickets and other sound-producing insects and their wing-shape enables slow flight and hovering...

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