Science Friday Bats and Moths

A couple of months ago, I was watching a video from bat-mothScience Friday about Tiger Moths. The Tiger Moths were jamming the bat’s echolocation, which I thought was very interesting. When the Tiger Moth hears the bat’s echolocation it goes insane; the Tiger Moth starts putting out its own frequency. Every time the Tiger Moth puts out its’s frequency, the bat will miss the moth every time. The Tiger moth has a special organ that makes the frequency. If the organ is removed, the bat will catch the moth every time. If you want to watch the video here is the link. I hope you will find find very interesting!!

My Favorite Bats!

I would LOVE to share some of my favorite bats with you. Here are some of them:

dog-like bat
Trinidad Dog-Like Bat

The Trinidad Dog-Like Bat, which for a long time was confused with the Lesser Dog-Like Bat, probably because they look alike and are in the same species. The Trinidad Dog-Like Bat roosts in rotten logs and hollow trees. For more information on the Trinidad Dog-Like Bat go to this link.

red bat
Eastern Red Bat

The Eastern Red bats are beautiful and they are definately my favorite bat. They are very wide spread and some even live in the Bermuda islands. The males fur is red orange and the females fur is chestnut with white tips. If you want more information on the Eastern Red bat then go to this link.

 

mexican free-tailed bat
Mexican Free-Tailed Bat

The Mexican Free-Tailed Bat is the state bat of Oklahoma and Texas. Mexican Free-Tailed Bats and Brazilian Free-Tailed Bats are the same bat but with different names. The reason they are called Free-Tailed bats is because there tail bone goes past the tail membrane, so part of the tail is free from the membrane. I saw hundreds of thousands of these bats fly  out of Carlsbad Caverns National Park at dusk. It was also the night of the total lunar eclipse of the supermoon this fall. It was not only spectacular because of the eclipsing moon, but because it was the first bat flight I have seen out of a cave. If you want more information about the Mexican Free-tailed bat go this link.

I know I will think of a lot more bats that I love but these are the ones I love the most. I hope that you will love these bats species as much as I do!!