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Halloween Special: The Many Benefits of Bats

What would Halloween be without bats?

While bats might be considered spooky by some, they are a vital part of our ecosystem. This comes from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency that does a lot of work protecting many species of bats.

Here are a few bat facts you could share with the trick-or-treaters tonight (well, maybe just the too-old ones):

  • There are over 1,100 species of bats.
  • They are mammals from the order Chiroptera; they are not closely related to birds.
  • They live on every continent except Antarctica.
  • Only 3 species suck blood.
  • Most eat insects; small bats can eat up to 2,000 insects every night, saving many crops from being destroyed.
  • Other bats eat fruit and perform the vital tasks of pollinating flowers and dispersing seeds.

To learn more, visit


Bats flying en masse. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Posted on at 2:10 PM

Tagged: bats and halloween

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