A black shadow darts overhead in the twilight sky. It lands on a branch and twists upside down. Realizing it's a bat, you dart back into the house.
Not all bats live up to their frightening reputation, however. Fruit bats are an essential pollinator for wild bananas, peaches, mangoes and dates, as well as scattering their seeds through droppings. The diverse diet of bats extends even to flowers and nectar, like the Cave Nectar Bats of Southeast Asia.
Echolocation is one of the many extraordinary features of bats. They issue a clicking sound that bounces off objects and echoes back. The bat can judge the distance and decide where it wants to go. To listen to bat sounds, Click Here.
Not very many bats are blood-sucking monsters, like in the mostly fictional vampire stories. Only three species out of the thousands discovered feed on blood. Bats, instead of being eerie denizens of the dark, are actually only another mammal and their 12 endangered species should be taken care of.