Texas is famous for a lot, including football, barbecue, and our unofficial motto “everything’s bigger in Texas.” One of those things that’s bigger here in Texas is our bat population. In fact, Texas has the highest population of bats in the country, and is the home of the single largest colony of bats in the world.
Of the more than 1,000 species of bats in the world, Texas is home to some of the most interesting and amazing species anywhere. Here are five of our favorites:
Mexican Long-Tongued Bat
If you enjoy drinking tequila or mezcal, you can thank the Mexican long-tongued bat. Farmers who grow the agave plant that is necessary to produce both drinks depend on bats to pollinate the plants to help production. This species of bat migrates along the groups of agave crops from Central America through the southern United States, pollinating the plants as they go.
Mexican Long-Nosed Bat
Similar to the Mexican long-tongued bat, the Mexican long-nosed bat feeds on plant nectar to survive. Texas is as far north as this bat will go, but they are still often found pollinating night-blooming cactus throughout the state. They are one of the biggest pollinators of various cactus flowers, and their long nose allows them to reach the nectar at the bottom of the flower, lending to the bat’s name.
Eastern Red Bat
Many kinds of flying predators snatch their prey while flying through the air, but the eastern red bat does it a little differently. This bat captures insects and other prey by somersaulting through the air and wrapping its wings the victim. They then reach their head down into the pouch formed by their wings, eats their prey, and flies off all in one motion. The eastern red bat sticks to forested areas and feeds primarily on moths and beetles.
One of the most widespread species in the country, the hoary bat can be found as far north as Canada, and there are even related species all the way out in Hawaii. This species is migratory, though males and females utilize different migration patterns. They primarily eat flies, beetles, grasshoppers, and even dragonflies.
Southern Yellow Bat
This migratory bat inhabits the plains of south Texas as well as the gulf coastal plain of the state, and spend much of their time hunting insects after dark. They use echolocation to find their prey in the night, and tend to live in wooded areas that offer cover and concealment. As the use of ornamental palm trees increases throughout the country, some believe that the bat is expanding its range to match that.
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