Pollination - Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation

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Pallid Bat (Antrozous pallidus) pollinating a night-blooming cardon cactus flower (Pachycereus pringlei). This giant cactus can grow to a height of 60 feet or more and is the world's largest cactus. It is a dominant plant over large aeras where a wide variety of wildlife depend on it for food and/or shelter. It relies heavily on bats for pollination. Until recently pallid bats were thought to feed only on large insecs, scorpions and centipedes. However it also is an effective pollinator of desert plants. Pollination

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