Bats get a bad reputation. Due to their nocturnal nature and their association with vampires, some people may be afraid of them. And since they can fly, thye may be mistaken for birds. Bats are actually fairly harmless mammals though. They actually make up 20% of all mammal species worldwide. There are about 1,240 species.
These are divided into two suborders: The largely fruit-eating megabats and the echolocating microbats. As noted before, bats are fairly harmless. Seventy percent of them are insectivores Most of the rest are fruit-eaters, and a few feed on animals, such as the fish-eating bat. And vampire bats do in fact drink the blood of animals.
These 1,240 species are scattered throughout the world. They perform vital ecological functions such as pollinating flowers and dispersing seeds. They are also important in eating insects and reducing the need of pesticides. So all in all, bats are helpful creatures.