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I don't think these are hummingbirds, Toto...

Can I have a Halloween do-over post? Black cats are iconic, but... bats! That's a Lesser Long-nosed Bat and not only is it cute as the dickens,

With their diet of liquid nectar, yellow pollen, and red cactus fruit, the watery, bright yellow or magenta guano that these nectarivorous bats produce is quite unlike that of other bats, and it can be used as a distinctive sign of their presence, either in caves, mines, or under hummingbird feeders (move feeders off of patios during bat season if they are making a mess).

Hummingbird feeders?!

Yes, you did read that. Hummingbird feeder bats:

Two species of nectivorous bats occur here in Arizona, the threatened Mexican Long-tongued Bat (Choeronycteris mexicana) and the endangered Lesser Long-nosed Bat (Leptonycteris curasoae), and both of these bat species visit hummingbird feeders.

These nectivorous bats normally fatten up on the sugary nectar of agave flowers in preparation for their fall migrations south to Mexico and Central America, but they have learned that hummingbird feeders are also good sources for sugary nectar. Bats of both species will rapidly lap up the feeder's sugar water with their unusually long tongues, like the Mexican Long-tongued Bat (Choeronycteris mexicana) shown below.

You'll have to click through to see the Mexican Long-tongued Bat in action. And while you're there, check out the movie and this fabulous collection of photographs of the bats.

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Submitted by twig on

one of my favorite horror novels is Martin Cruz Smith's Nightwing, which has tons of info on bats, in addition to being a good, old-fashioned scary story and movie. They are remarkable, good reason for a do-over, too!

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." -- Albert Einstein

Submitted by hipparchia on

i haven't been into horror novels since i was a kid, but "tons of info on bats" is a good enough recommendation to get me to go look for it in my local library. it's not there, but there are several others by the same author, so maybe i'll start there....

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Submitted by Alexa on

but I will say that they're "interesting-looking," and I enjoyed the article. I had no idea that this "type of bat" existed. And maybe in a odd sort of way, they could be called "cute." (twig's wombat was the cute one--I'd like to know where to get one of them!)

Anyway, thanks for the post, hipparchia. Actually, I enjoy any, and all articles about about animals, wild and tame.

Alexa

“If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

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Submitted by Alexa on

two of my "Tweets" that were censored (or didn't show up on) on the Russia Today live Tweet feed. Would be curious whether folks here think that they were over-the-top.

There was the mildest degree of snark. Mind-boggling!

[Until that happened, was having great fun!]

Alexa

“If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

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Submitted by hipparchia on

twitter has been notoriously creaky under high-traffic conditions. you might enjoy reading about the fail whale.

and no, don't slow down on the snark if you don't want to.

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Submitted by Alexa on

course, I knew nothing about that--so thanks.

Obama--110,000 vote advantage, with 2/3's vote in (Florida).

Alexa

“If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

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Submitted by twig on

From the future (and an artist's imagination). Hieronymous Bosch must be jealous!

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." -- Albert Einstein

Submitted by hipparchia on

thank goodness those aren't real [yet].

also, fascinating theory in the linked article about why there are no flightless bats irl. thanks for that!