Guano That Glitters

Some bat species can eat up to two-thirds of their body weight in insects every day. Although most other insect-eating animals only eat the inside of the insect, bats eat the entire thing. Because they ingest the iridescent exoskeletons of some insects, bat poop seems to sparkle.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Bats can eat up to 2/3 their body weight in insects daily. 00:14

  2. Birds avoid insect wings and legs, but bats eat the entire thing—including the exoskeleton. 00:35

  3. In Texas, bats save farmers about $800,000 a year by eating corn ear worms. 01:01

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