Chiroptrivia 2013-14

Last Updated April 2014

Chiroptrivia 2013-14

“Life is a beautiful and strange creature that appears at a window, flies swiftly through the banquet and is gone.”  The Venerable Bede

and there can be few more strange and wonderful creatures than a bat. So this section is dedicated to the strange and wonderful things which make bat group members laugh, agree with or wonder at. If you have something you’d like to post here, quotations, facts, trivia or whatever email us.

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Today I have mostly been looking at paintings of bats and fairies

 amelia-jane-murray-a-fairy-holding-a-wand-standing-on-a-bat.jpg
Amelia Jane Murray – A fairy holiding a wand stanging on the bat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arthuir Rackham Fairies fighting batsArthur Rackham Fairies fighting bats

 

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Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

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Mopsa the fairy  Mopsa the Fairy Jean Ingelow (1820-1897)

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Fantastic wall paper design by William Morris. Bats and poppies

 bat_and_poppy_wiiliam-morris

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This beautiful image by Dr. Carin Bondar has been circulating on the internet for a while now. While tracking down who took the image I came across another one

Image by Scott Weatherbee, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Image by Scott Weatherbee, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

 

Image Dr. Carin Bondar

Image Dr. Carin Bondar

 

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http://evestudiopottery.co.uk/

http://evestudiopottery.co.uk/

 

I make no apologies for giving a plug to potter Eve Carroll , who is a bat group member. Among other things she has made these dipping dishes with a bat theme. You can see more of her work on her website.

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richard doylr a night of bats and elves
The night of Bats and elves by Richard Doyle

Richard “Dickie” Doyle (September 1824 – 11 December 1883) was a notable Victorian illustrator . His work frequently appeared, amongst other places, in Punch magazine; he drew the cover of the first issue, and designed the magazine’s masthead, a design that was used for over a century  Thanks to Lizzie Platt
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egyptian tomb bat

This is an illustration from a book published in 1824. These are drawings found at Tomb 15 at Bani Hasaa which dates from the 12th dynasty ( 2000BC.) The top and bottom drawings are Rousettus aegytiacus- note the short tail and the lack of membrane connecting their hind legs. The middle bat is the aptly names Egyptian Tomb bat Taphozous perforatus which is still found in the tombs

Thanks to Roger Jones for this.

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Photos of this bat were rapidly circulated throughout the bat world as soon as they were released. These  images show the beautiful bat species Niumbaha superba. Credit: DeeAnn Reeder, Bucknell University Niumbaha. The word   Niumbaha means “rare” or  “unusual” in Zande, the language of the Azande people in Western Equatoria State, where the bat was captured
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Photo by the Vincent Wildlife Trust

Photo by the Vincent Wildlife Trust

The start of the year is traditionally a time to check for hibernating bats. sometimes they are found in somewhat expected places.These Daubenton’s bats were found at Neopterik this winter inside a beer can ( the can was opened to show where they were hidden)
Stranger still were these noctules found hibernating in a exercise bike in a cold hallway

bats hibernating in exercise bike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Some artists take a dim view on the behaviour of fairies

John Ansteer Fitgzerald - fairies attackinga bat

John Ansteer Fitgzerald – fairies attacking a bat

 

and some have a  downright scary view of bats

John Anster Fitzgerald

John Anster Fitzgerald

Thomas Theodore Reine Heine - Vampire bat

Thomas Theodore Reine Heine – Vampire bat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Desmodus rotundus Photo Jude Hirstwood

A very unfair view of a vampire bat.  Though they do get a very swollen belly when they have just eaten as this photo of a bat we caught in Nicaragua  clearly shows.

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