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Title: Bats on New England wool properties
Contributor(s): Reid, Nick  (author)orcid ; Green, Stuart  (author); Ford, Greg (author)
Corporate Author: Land, Water & Wool (LWW)
Publication Date: 2006
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Abstract: Small, insect-eating bats ('microbats') fulfil an important role on wool properties, that of natural pest control. Microbats eat a wide range of invertebrates, predominantly moths, beetles and bugs, with some species also consuming mosquitoes, grasshoppers and crickets. Individual microbats can consume up to half their body weight in insects in a night. Without their services, insect populations could explode! Microbats differ in size and shape and where and how they prefer to hunt, so their diet varies accordingly. The freetail bats have long, narrow wings and fly fast and high above trees. Others with broader wings are able to fly below the canopy and pick insects off leaves and branches. The more species and numbers of bats, the better the pest control service they perform.
Publication Type: Report
Publisher: Land & Water Australia (LWA)
Place of Publication: Online
Field of Research (FOR): 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 960804 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
HERDC Category Description: R3 Commissioned Report
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Series Name: Northern Tablelands Project Fact Sheet
Series Number : 2
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