by Virginia Calder
On a warm summer night, from towns east to west,
The mosquitoes will bite without stopping to rest.
But at twilight the bats are out ready to eat
Those annoying mosquitoes before they retreat.
Echolocation is a bats way
Of sending out echoes that bounce off its prey.
When sound waves return to its ears a bat knows
Where a flying bug is and can track where it goes.
As they zoom through the night with eyes so keen,
They swoop to the ground to eat bugs they've seen.
One little brown bat will often devour
Hordes of mosquitoes in just an hour.
There's never a danger when bats are in flight.
It's bugs, not people they attack in the night.
The farmer is pleased because bats are hi pride,
They prove much better than a pesticide.