It might surprise you to learn that bats are huge consumers of many different insects. A lactating female bat may consume her own body weight or more in insects in one night. As such, bats are extremely beneficial in the ecosystem for reducing or controlling flying insects.
The smallest bat in BC is the Western small-footed bat weighing about 1 gram at birth. The largest bat in BC is the hoary bat at 28.5 grams and a wingspan of 39 cm. Little brown bats have lived as long as 39 years. Many bat species in Canada produce a single pup per year.
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