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How many mosquitos do bats eat a night?

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A little brown bat can consume between 600 to 1,000 mosquitoes in a single hour. A nursing little brown bat mother may consume as many as 4,500 mosquitoes in a single evening, more than her own body weight in insects.

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There are about 1,240 species of bats worldwide, comprising approximately 20 percent of all classified species of mammal. About 70 percent of bats are insectivores that use echolocation to hunt. Most insect-eating bats sleep during the daytime and are only active for a few hours in the evening when insects are the most plentiful. Most are opportunistic feeders, preying on mosquitoes, moths, beetles or any other insects they can catch.

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    How many bugs does a bat eat in a night?

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    An ordinary brown bat can eat up to 100 percent of their body weight each night, which is about 1/2 ounce. They consume approximately 1,200 insects per hour. Insects including moths, gnats, crickets, beetles, locusts, mosquitoes, fruit flies and other bugs are frequently eaten by bats.

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    How do bats catch their prey at night?

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    Although no living bats are completely blind, most bats rely on sounds to find their prey at night. Known as echolocation, ultrasonic sounds are emitted by bats that bounce off of other objects. By hearing these echoes off of objects around them, bats can create an internal map that allows them to navigate and capture food.

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    What are some facts about bats that can be incorporated into an elementary school lesson plan?

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    Facts about bats that can be incorporated into an elementary school lesson plan are that they're the only mammals that can really fly, they're mostly active at night, and they sleep hanging upside down. Some bats migrate to warmer climates during the winter like birds, while others hibernate.

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    How does one catch a bat?

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    There are several options for catching a bat that include using a butterfly net or towel, trapping it underneath a bucket or similar item or using leather gloves to grab it. Leather gloves are not typically recommended unless the person is highly experienced, as a bat will try to bite when it is being grabbed.

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