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for North Carolina Naturalist Vol. 14 Issue 2, Sum 2006
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There are seventeen species of bats known to be in North Carolina. They are the main predators of night-flying insects, as well as agricultural pests like hickory shuckworms and corn earworms. Burgess explains how Lon Coulter of Crumpler in this state and Frank and Teresa Bibin of Georgia utilize bat houses to control pests. Bat colonies number about 1,000 in North Carolina and between 3,000 and 4,000 in Georgia.
Honeybees are in trouble nationwide. Over 90 percent of the feral bee colonies have been decimated, and the state's managed colonies have declined about 50 percent since the 1980s. Kemp examines some of the reasons for this. Pollination for crops is essential and farmers have to import colonies during the blooming season. Kemp discusses the benefits of backyard beekeeping.