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Halloween without bats? Why a world without bats would truly be scary:

What would Halloween be like without bats? Maybe a little less scary. Probably a little less fun. A really scary thought is to imagine what the world would be like if we didn't have any bats at all. There are about 1200 species of bats in the world —one in every five mammal species. The largest bat is the flying fox, with a wingspan of six feet! The smallest species is the bumblebee bat that weighs less than a penny. Among all of those species, only three are vampires, so you don't really have to worry much about bats sucking your blood. Two-thirds of bat species feed on insects and other small prey. They are our nighttime pest patrol. One Mexican free-tailed bat can eat about 1000 mosquitoes per hour. The large colony of 30 million bats in Bracken Cave in Texas consumes about 250 tons of insects every night. Just 150 big brown bats can eat 33 million root worm pests. With...

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