Every suborder has their own set of features, qualities, and attributes. Megabats dine on the delicious nectar, flowers, juices, and pollen of fruit, that is why they’re colloquially called fruit bats. Whereas Microbats tend to stay with a vast range of little to midsize insects. Since we can probably agree that fruit is sweet and filling, the majority of people can understand what tastes good for a fruit bat.
But what about microbats? Do insects all taste alike, or are there insects that taste better? Well fortunately, researchers at the the United Kingdom’s University of Bristol and the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario Canada wanted to understand what Microbats like to eat the most. They decided to do a study to discover their favourite meals! Continue reading to learn what they discovered and how.
Bat Guano Studies
Known as little brown bats, Myotis lucifugus are a typical species of microbat now being threatened by a deadly bacterial disease named White-Nose Syndrome. This fungus looks like a white powder which covers their nose and face. It disrupts hibernation, inducing anglers to apply their energy reserves and die.
Researchers wanted to learn about the surrounding environment, so they started by extracting the DNA of insects which were found in the bat guano samples. They then identified the little areas where the insect DNA was extracted, and matched that information to the databases of insect DNA. This gave them the specific species of insect which bats were still eating. And here is what they found!
Their research implied that bats prefer to eat insects which live near bodies of water, like rivers, creeks, streams, and ponds. In the research, they also concluded that little brown bats are “locavores”, meaning that they travel just a couple of hundred meters from house every night to hunt for food. Also, their diet varies with the seasons, and the sort of prey available to them.
Bats, though fascinating to learn about, can also be a pest to a lot of property owners. They can enter homes and buildings, construct nests, create huge unsanitary messes, and trigger expensive damages. If you’re experiencing bat troubles, or suspect you have a bat in the attic or other area of your home, contact a trustworthy pest management firm immediately for non-lethal bat removal services.