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Why do bats always go out to hunt at night but not in the day?


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My guesses are:

1) because of the cool night temperatures. Bats are mammals and are warm blooded. Flying requires a lot of energy and generates a lot of excess body heat. So flying in the cooler temperatures at night helps the bats shed excess body heat in the cooler night air. This thought is re-enforced by their habit of roosting in dark cool caves during the day.

2) Another reason is because a lot of insects come out at night, like mosquitoes, fireflies, moths, and gnats.

3) Another reason is that the night air is cooler and has a higher density than the hot air during the day, making it easier to derive lift by flapping wings in cool, denser air.

Sincere regards,
Mike Stewart


Dr. Stewart has done some real thinking, and is right all down the line.

Also,
keep in mind that bats have developed echolocation which allows them to navigate at night, probably better than can be seen with their vision during the day. It is safer to hunt at night for predators and competition for food are all but eliminated; except of course with other bats.

Steve Sample


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