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Updated: 07/11/2018 12:40:12PM

Batman’s a crime fighter but bats are insect fighters

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This Florida bonneted bat pup does not have teeth yet. Florida bonneted bats are classified as a federal endangered species, and a roost was found in a tree cavity at Avon Park Air Force Range.

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Brazillian free-tailed bats are shown leaving Carlsbad Caverns. Archbold Biological Station, in Venus, also has this species of bat.

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This close-up of a Brazillian free-tailed bat shows its small size, a mere 3.5 inches.

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The Florida bonneted bat is normally only found in southern counties, but this federally-endangered species was found at the Avon Park Air Force Range.

Range map based on Bailey, A. M., Ober, H. K., Sovie, A. R., & McCleery, R. A. (2017). Impact of land use and climate on the distribution of the endangered Florida bonneted bat. Journal of Mammalogy, 98(6), 1586-1593.

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The evening bat, Nycticeius humeralis, is also found in Highlands County.

By MELISSA MAIN

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SEBRING — Just like Batman fights crime as a super hero, bats fight the onslaught of insects by feasting on pesky critters.

The National Wildlife Health Center stated, “Consumption of insects by bats saves farmers billions of dollars in pest control services annually.”

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