Northern Long-eared bat
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This bat is small and only weighs relatively 5-8 grams. The bats are light brown in color and they lack the dark patches on their shoulders, like most bats. The bat has very long ears that when folded outwards extend past the nose. They have a longer tail and a larger wing area, which allows them to maneuver in slow flight.
Feeding pattern and Habitat
This bat feeds on nectar from flowers, and they eat small insects. They emerge at dusk to feed. They fly in the understory of the forest to feed on moths, flies, leafhoppers, and beetles, which they use echolocation to find. These bats typically reside in caves, where they have access to water.
The bats use echolocation. Echolocation is the location of objects by reflected sound. Bats are not blind. They have the same senses as humans do, they just hunt at night. These bats can hear well and they use their sense of smell and taste, to locate food, and enjoy it.
Extinct or extant relatives
The Northern Long-Eared Bat is a relative to the flying lemur, which is found In the Philippines. The bat is thought to be related to a Pterodactyl. This bat is also related to other kinds of bats because it has almost the same body structure and anatomy of the other bats. The Flying lemur and Flying Squirrel are good examples of extant relatives that the bat is related to.
Bats can go extinct in 20 years because of the white nose syndrome. Many bats have died because of this syndrome. Habitat destruction and fear are a fatal combo for these bats. Climate change is also another threat to these bats. Deforestation could be another reason bats are going extinct, or that they are migrating to other parts of the world.
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"Threats to Bats." Defenders of Wildlife. N.p., 15 Feb. 2012. Web. 13 Jan. 2016.