Bats tend to like flowers that don’t give off strong scents or offer bright colors. This is the opposite of what attracts bees. These types of flowers that the bats like also seem to have lots of nectar offered in them. Many experts believe that the birds and bees take the day shift and the bats take the night shift. Everything that we know about pollination in the day time occurs at night with the bats.
What about the birds that have long beaks to get the nectar from flowers? Bats don’t have that feature but they are able to pollinate. The process is one that involved a very long tongue. When the bat isn’t using it, this tongue is rolled up in the body, underneath the rib cage. When they are using it they have complete control over such movements.
Since many bats are migratory in nature, they can carry the pollination process great distances. Their movements are believed to continually introduce new plants to various locations out there. Sometimes the growth of them is successful. Other times it isn’t possible for those types of plants or flowers to grow in the new location. The bottom line though is that the bat really does have a substantial role in overall pollination efforts.