Food of the Big Brown Bat Eptesicus fuscus from Maternity Colonies in Indiana and Illinois

  title={Food of the Big Brown Bat Eptesicus fuscus from Maternity Colonies in Indiana and Illinois},
  author={John O. Whitaker},
  journal={American Midland Naturalist},
  • J. Whitaker
  • Published 1 October 1995
  • Biology
  • American Midland Naturalist
ABSTRACT.-The insects most eaten by big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) in Indiana were agricultural pest species: scarab beetles (Scarabaeidae), the spotted cucumber beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata Chrysomelidae), stinkbugs (Pentatomidae) and leafhoppers (Cicadellidae). Larvae of the genus Diabrotica are the corn rootworms, probably the single most important agricultural pest in the United States. Feeding of bats commenced in spring during the last week of March or the first week of April… 
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