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Fruit Bats Are the Best Pollinators (and Suppliers of Tequila)

Mark Mancini

May 20, 2021

HOW STUFF WORKS - You've seen one bat, but you most definitely haven't seen them all.

"Pteropodids eat primarily fruit and nectar," says biologist Liam McGuire, assistant professor at Texas Tech University in an email. "For example, nectar from the flowers of eucalypt trees is a very important food source for several species of flying foxes in Australia. But Pteropodid [diets] can also include other plants (pollen, leaves) and sometimes insects."

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