Day 144: The Little Brown Bat

Friday, October 24, 2014

This week's bats will form a garland to celebrate Halloween (check back next week to see the finished piece!). The more I study bats, especially the smaller species, the more interesting and adorable I find them to be. My October "creepy" theme doesn't seem to do them justice as I don't see anything scary about them anymore. 

However, I can't think of an animal that would be more appropriate at this time of year. Dear creatures of the night, you are warmly invited to visit my little blog. I hope that you will find a corner that will feel like home. :)

Interesting fact: Little brown bat can eat as much as its own weight of insects in one night and it can live as long as 34 years (source). Wow, that's a lot!

Day 143: Shishmish the Pipistrelle

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pipistrelle is the smallest bat species in Europe. It has a jerky, erratic flight, flickering its wings rapidly as it pursues its prey. The jerky flight of the pipistrelle gave rise to the ancient name for bats - flittermouse (source). So that's why they call bats šišmiš in Croatia!

Note: miš = mouse and you pronounce šiš as in shish kebab. Isn't Shishmish the cutest name ever? :) And now I'm hungry for some Eastern food...

Day 142: Kitty the Hog-nosed Bat

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Kitti's hog-nosed bat is a vulnerable species of bat and also the smallest mammal in the world (measured by length). Kitty is made more or less the same size as in real life, which is 3-4 cm. Isn't it just the cutest bat species? :)

Day 141: The Horseshoe Bat

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Interesting fact: The horseshoe bat has a fleshy facial structure, also known as noseleaf, which is shaped as a horseshoe. This enhances echolocation, a process that the bat uses to navigate distance and locate prey. The bat makes noises that vibrate and amplify through the nostrils and off the noseleaf, then travels and bounce off surrounding objects, giving the bat direction and leading it to insects to eat (source). How cool!

Day 140: The Wrinkle-lipped Bat

Monday, October 20, 2014

Creepy fact: Although wrinkle-lipped bats aren't threatened, overharvesting of this species for food in Southeast Asia is leading to significant population declines (source).
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