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Bat Appreciation Month in Lexington, KY

To celebrate Bat Appreciation Month, we’ve rounded up some of the bats that can be found in Kentucky.


Big brown bats can be found as far south as Venezuela.

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It’s Bat Appreciation Month, or as we like to call it — Bat-ober. Bats’ affinity for bug-cuisine makes them a natural pesticide and they save the agricultural industry billions of dollars each year in pesticides.

There are 15 bats that call Kentucky their home, but let’s take a look at just a few of the bats that can be found near Lexington:

🦇 Big brown bat | Among the largest of Kentucky’s bats, this species can eat a third of its weight in one night.

🦇Eastern small-footed bat | Like its name suggests, this bat is among the smallest in this region. It’s also relatively rare.

🦇Evening bat | These beetle-eating bats coexist well with humans and their appetite for Japanese beetles can save your landscaping from infestation.

Fun fact: Mammoth Cave is home to 13 species of bats — three of which are endangered. Read about the conservation efforts here.

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