Written by Stinapa
Five of the species living on Bonaire are insect-eating bats. Their entire diet consists of insects, including beetles, moths, and the mosquitoes. When you sit down in the porch of your house at sunset you see fast shadows performing gracious dances around you, even entering into your house to get a snack–probably a mosquito that was going to have fun with you the entire night.
One bat can eat about 800 mosquitoes in one night… isn’t that awesome?
The other four bat species on Bonaire eat pollen and fruits. Bats that eat pollen and take nectar, fly from flower to flower and help the trees produce fruits. Did you know that cacti and calabash trees produce flowers that only open at night? And there are no fruit, pollen or nectar eating birds coming out at night. So only bats can help pollinate these trees to make them produce fruits.
No bats = no new cacti!
Read more about bat behavior on http://stinapabonaire.org/bat-behaviour-diet-and-habitat/
Photo credits: Roland and Renate Kraft