A little brown bat captured inside Aeolus Cave. This species is historically among the most common of North American bats, but it has been the hardest hit of the six species known to be afflicted with the illness. Although the ecological fallout of the disease isn't clear, there are obvious concerns. Bats eat insects that can damage crops and defoliate trees. Kunz says about 694 tons of insects are loose in the environment now that would have been consumed by the estimated 1 million bats that have died.
Photograph by Jordan Silverman