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.