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A flying little brown bat needs to eat about half its body weight in insects each night that it is active. (New Mexico Department of Natural Resources photo.)

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A bat flew by my nose as I was sitting on the patio last evening. The swooshing flutter startled me from my book. Bats were flying laps around our valley, eating their way through clouds of insects as the sun started to go down. It was a pleasant evening and we weren’t bothered by mosquitoes.

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