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Mexican long-tongued bat at night on an Agave blossom nectar
Mexican long-tongued bat at night on an Agave blossom nectar
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Pollinator Week: Bats are Pollinators too!

When many think of pollinators, they often think of bees, butterflies, and birds, however bats are also pollinators. Along with moths, bats pollinate at night. Bats pollinate mostly in tropical or desert climate areas. The typical flowers and plants that bats visit usually open at night are large in size, pale in color, and are very fragrant. Bats pollinate over 300 types of fruit, such as mangoes, bananas, and guavas. Carrying pollen from plant to plant, bats feed on nectar. There are two species of nectar-feeding bats, the lesser long-nose bat and the Mexican long-tongued bat, which are both listed as federally endangered species along with the Mariana fruit bat that feeds on different types of fruit. While there are no pollinator bats in the northeast, there are a few bats that are prospects to become listed because of white-nose syndrome.

Learn more about pollinators in general

Published on: Tuesday, June 19,2012

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