The majority of bats are microbats. Microbats (microchiropterans) are small bats found all over the world, including the U.S. There are at least 4 types of bats in California. The biggest population of bats are the red bats.

Most microbats eat insects. A red bat can eat up to 600 mosquitoes in one night. Some types of microbats eat bigger animals like rodents, other bats, reptiles, birds and even fish.

Microbats have very poor eyesight and use highly sophisticated echolocation, or radar, to find their food. That is why their ears are very large and their eyes are small.

Microbats live in different places. It is important that a bat's home is warm, the temperature needs to be between 80 and 90 degrees farenheit. That is why many bats live together in caves. Microbats also can live in trees, buildings and houses if the temperature is between 80 and 90 degrees.

Investigate some different types of microbats.

            Which one is the most interesting to you?

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