Tuesday, March 5, 2013

How Bats Find Flowers

Being a bat-pollinated flower must be hard. While all the other flowers have pollinators with numerous unique traits that allow for no mix-ups between pollinators, moth and bat-pollinated flowers seem to lack much in the way of variety. Other than size, their scent and color are pretty much identical, so what is a bat-based flower to do? Apparently, use acoustics. A relatively recent study found that certain flowers use shapes which provide a unique acoustic vibration that allows for bats to pick up on its trait via echolocation, allowing them to find flowers that no other organism could.

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