The bane of French wine growers’ lives are hungry moths. Moths have quite an appetite and have a ferocious ability to feast on vines. Wine producers have discovered an unexpected ally in their fight against the insects: bats. Read on to find out how French winegrowers are getting a helping hand from bats.
Bats were observed swooping to hunt more often towards vines where the bugs were present, as per a recent study by the wine industry committee of Bordeaux. This meant that they could potentially be used as a natural pesticide.
A genetic analysis was done on the bat droppings. This proved that they were indeed eating the moths rather than other insects. Local bats are eating grapevine...