Last Updated March 2020
“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.
Today I have mostly been looking at paintings of bats and fairies
Ida Rentoul Outhwaite
Fantastic wall paper design by William Morris. Bats and poppies
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
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.
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
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
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
Some artists take a dim view on the behaviour of fairies
and some have a downright scary view of bats
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.