A) Greater mouse-eared bat (Myotis myotis) with white fungal growth around its muzzle, ears, and wing membranes.B) Scanning electron micrograph of a bat hair colonized by Geomyces destructans. Scale bar = 10 μm.
How does WNS kill bats?1) a white fungus that grows on the nose, ears and wing membranes2) depleted fat reserves due to increased winter arousals long before batsnormally arouse from hibernation in the spring3) a compromised immune response during hibernation4) damage or scarring of the wings5) abnormal bat behavior
Why is it so important for us?Bats are a vital part of our ecosystem. A single bat can eat up to600 insects a night. A decrease in the bat population eliminatesa natural pesticide for the insect population. In addition tocausing human discomfort, more insects also puts certain cropsand agricultural goods at risk. We should care about why the bats are dying...