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Mehely's Horseshoe Bats (Rhinolophus mehelyi) often hunt moths and other insects near the ground among bushes and trees on warm hillsides. This one has just caught a moth. By relying on extra high frequency echolocation, horseshoe bats avoid detection by moths whose ears are tuned to the lower frequencies used by most other bats. This species is a medium-sized member of its genus that lives in eastern Europe and parts of the Middle East. It prefers to live in caves year round, often near water.
MDT99818x10 printBulgariaEuropeMehely's horseshoe bat Rhinolophus mehelyiMunicipality IvanavoRhinolophidaeRuse DistrictSiemers Bat Research StationTabachkabatmammal