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The little red flying fox is a type of bat native to Australia.

 bat native PHOTOGRAPH BY LYNN JOHNSON, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

Not all bats prefer to roost in caves. The spectacled flying foxes pictured here are happiest high in the canopy of the rain forest

PHOTOGRAPH BY JASON EDWARDS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

A bat gets a fresh dusting of pollen while trying to eat the nectar of a blue mahoe tree in Cuba. In Mexico, bats are important pollinators of agave, which is used to make tequila. The next time you have a margarita, remember to thank a bat

PHOTOGRAPH BY MERLIN TUTTLE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

Did you know that some bats can fish? Here a greater bulldog bat uses its claws to pluck a minnow from the water. These bats use sonar to detect tiny ripples on the water's surface. Some bats can catch up to 30 fish in a single night

PHOTOGRAPH BY CHRISTIAN ZIEGLER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

White-nose syndrome has ravaged the wings of this little brown bat. In just eight years, the disease has killed more than six million bats in the United States and Canada. (See "Bats May Be Wiped Out by Fungus in U.S. Northeast

PHOTOGRAPH BY STEPHEN ALVAREZ, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

Not all bats eat bugs, or blood. Some prefer flower pollen, which they pass from tree to tree. In fact, some plants are pollinated exclusively by bats

PHOTOGRAPH BY MERLIN TUTTLE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

Some tropical species, like these Honduran white bats, have been observed to make tents out of leaves. The tiny bats bite through a leaf's veins so that it droops down and forms a crevice for them to hide in

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