13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Lesser Long Nose Bat with Agave Flower

This image captures the Lesser Long Nose Bat feeding on nectar and pollen of the agave flower. Much maligned as a species, bats are actually extremely intelligent and provide important benefits to natural ecosystems and humankind. The rapid die-off of bats from white nose syndrome, specifically in the northeastern part of the U. S., has been the most serious threat to bats ever recorded. As of 2014, eleven bat species have been proposed for endangered species listing.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2014
Date Uploaded: 05.2015
Photo Location: Amado, Arizona, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D3X
Copyright: © Terry Turrentine