Volume 11, Issue 2, Summer 1993


California leaf-nosed bats (Macrotus californicus) are known as gleaners, which means that they catch their insect prey from foliage or pluck it from the ground, rather than in the air like most other insect-eating bats. This one is about to snatch a cricket from the tip of a cactus. Primarily desert bats of the American Southwest and the Sonoran Desert of Mexico, they are candidates for endangered or threatened status. In California, their only known winter roosts are in deep mines, highlighting how critical such roosts are to America's bats.
Photo by Merlin D. Tuttle

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