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You could ask what the importance is of any species or related group of animals. They all have their place in the ecosystem, and there will be consequences when any of them disappear. In the particular case of bats, they are quite beneficial to humans. They eat a good fraction of their body weight in flying insects every night. They are also the only ...


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Bats eat hundreds of mosquitos per bat every night, which is amazing for human peoples and the principle reason people hang up special made bat houses. Bat guano (poop) also creates habitats for other species. There are entire ecosystems in caves that exist only because of bats. In those ecosystems bats are the only creatures leaving the deep dark regions of ...


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They're part of the ecosystem. If they go away, it creates an imbalance that can't be fixed. Simple example, they eat huge numbers of mosquitoes. Kill the bats, and you free the mosquitoes to multiply as they please.


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I absolutely love bats and always have. In the UK we have eighteen species of bat. The Bat Conservation have a nice list for all the common UK species, including those which breed in the UK (which is 17 out of the 18 species, so we're doing quite well!). The above link also has a recording of the noise each bat makes, which should help you work out the ...


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To add to the excellent answers already posted: Bats act as prey for larger birds like hawks, falcons, snakes et al. Bats (the larger ones known as flying foxes) help in seed dispersal as they eat fruits.


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Basically, a lava tube is formed when a underground lava flow stops flowing, leaving behind a long tubular cave. A lava tube is a natural conduit formed by flowing lava which moves beneath the hardened surface of a lava flow. Tubes can be draining lava from a volcano during an eruption, or can be extinct, meaning the lava flow has ceased and the rock has ...


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The best way to identify bats in flight is to use a bat detector. This is a device with a microphone that listens to the bats high frequency calls, and plays them back at a lower frequency. Bats use echolocation calls to find out what is around them. For most UK bats, these are typically between 30KHz and 80KHz. So they are not audible to humans. Different ...


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Biggest reason for people: pest control One bat can eat between 600 to 1,000+ mosquitoes and other flying pests per hour! Loss of bats to WNS alone results in > 5 million lbs. of insects going uneaten! Bats provide upwards of $50 billion annually in pest control services! Bats are also a vital part of the environment! Bats provide a vital nutritional ...


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It is indeed a bat - most of the microchiroptera (small bats - the fruit bats are the megachiroptera) are tiny - the smallest species are about 1.25 inch (35 mm) long. There are several species of bats common in Europe, perhaps the most common is the Common Pipistrelle, which is quite small; to quote Wikipedia: It is 3.5–5.2 cm (1.4–2.0 in) long along the ...


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Likely the reason was due to a momentary torpor. Similar to hibernation but sometimes only lasting as little as a few hours. When it is cold, there are less insects, which mean less food for the bats. The bats know this and choose instead to save energy rather than waste it flying around. Bats have a very high metabolism and consume an enormous amount of ...


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