Pollinator Profile: Bats

Though bat species in Canada are not pollinators, bats in the southwestern United States and Mexico play an important role in agave and cactus pollination. The head shape and long tongues of nectar bats allows them to delve into flower blossoms and extract both pollen and nectar; pollen covers their hairy bodies and is transfer as they move from plant to plant. Bats are major pollinators of over 500 plant species and specialize on nocturnal flowers that are fragrant, pale in colour, and open at night. Not only are bats fantastic pollinators, they also play a key role in pest control by expertly maneuvering the night sky in order to catch tons of mosquitoes and other insects!

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