[ RadSafe ] bats and Bayer

edmond0033 at comcast.net edmond0033 at comcast.net
Sun Oct 9 17:24:55 CDT 2011

I though bats consumed mosquitoes, as they are around at dusk and later.

Ed Baratta

edmond0033 at comcast.net

-----Original Message----- 
From: Jeff Terry
Sent: Sunday, October 09, 2011 6:10 PM
To: The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) Mailing List
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] bats and Bayer

I have been trying to locate a reference for bats being major consumers of 
bees. I have found a lot of anecdotal evidence from beekeepers suggesting it 
is not an issue.

I have also found a USDA sponsored document listing the majors pests of bees 
and I do not find bats listed in the document.


On Oct 9, 2011, at 3:40 PM, James Salsman wrote:

> Peter Fear wrote:
>> Bees return to their hive at night and bats are nocturnal. How can bees 
>> be
> a major food source for bats?
> They live off the stragglers that don't make it back before dark.  Those
> used to be the old and infirm bees, which was great for the bee colonies 
> as
> well as the bats performing a herd culling function.  With the 
> introduction
> of Bayer's nicitinoid insecticides, now the stragglers are more of the
> poisoned bees, which is bad for the bees and the bats.

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