In honor of Bat Week, Open Spaces will celebrate one bat as a Bat of the Day every day this week. Of course, almost any of the world’s 1,300 bats deserve to be a Bat of the Day somewhere. They’re all pretty awesome. And helpful!
|Little brown bats. Photo by Ann Froschauer/USFWS|
Bats eat tons of pest insects. A mother little brown bat, for instance, can eat more than her own weight in insects in just one night. Granted, little brown bats are, well, little – less than four inches long and weighing less than half an ounce – but their voraciousness gives you just one example of bats’ helpful eating habits. Scientists estimate that bats are worth almost $4 billion in pest control for U.S. farmers, Bat Conservation International says, and that means $4 billion worth of pesticides that don’t get into the ecosystem.