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Bat Flies Likely Use Bacteria to Find Bats to Bite
A new study has found that bat flies likely use bacteria to locate bats to feed on. The study was published in Molecular Ecology. (August 3, 2021)

Bats Use Leaves Like Mirrors to Find Prey in the Dark
Scientists have discovered that leaf-nosed bats can find insects resting silently on leaves by using the leaves like mirror through echolocation. (August 18, 2019)

Fossil of Giant Extinct Burrowing Bat Found in New Zealand
Researchers have a discovered the fossil of a previously unknown giant burrowing bat species in New Zealand. (January 11, 2018)

Cuban Boas Observed Hunting in Groups
Snakes are known as solitary hunters but Cuban boas have been observed hunting bats in groups. (June 1, 2017)

Scientists Discover Rainbow Boa Preying on a Vampire Bat
Scientists have discovered a rainbow boa preying on a vampire bat. This is the first video evidence of snakes predating on large vampire bats. (October 4, 2016)

African Monkeys Documented Eating Bats in New Study
African monkeys have been documented eating bats in a new study. (May 24, 2016)

Tiger Moths Produce Ultrasonic Signals to Warn Bats They Are Not Tasty
Tiger Moths produce ultrasonic signals to warn bats that they are toxic and are not good to eat. (May 9, 2016)

Scientists Find Fossils of Sucker-Footed Bats
Scientists have found fossils of sucker-footed bats. The find indicates the unusual group of bats evolved in Africa. (February 5, 2014)

Frog-Eating Bats Use Ripples in the Water to Hunt Tungara Frogs
Frog-eating bats monitor ripples in the water to hunt frogs. Male Tongara frogs make calls that create ripples in the water when they are looking for a mate. (January 25, 2014)

100,000 Dead Bats Fall From the Sky in Queensland, Australia During Heat Wave
An estimated 100,000 dead bats have fallen from the sky during a heat wave in Queensland, Australia. (January 8, 2014)

Five New Species of Bats Discovered in West Africa
Scientists have discovered five new species of bats in West Africa. (September 9, 2013)

Deadly MERS Virus Discovered in Egyptian Tomb Bat in Saudi Arabia
The deadly MERS virus has been discovered in an Egyptian Tomb Bat in Saudi Arabia. (August 22, 2013)

Nectar-Feeding Bat's Long Tongue Becomes Nectar Mop When Engorged With Blood
The tip of the long tongue of the nectar-feeding bat, Glossophaga soricina, becomes mop-like when it is engorged with blood. (May 9, 2013)

New Genus of Bat Discovered in South Sudan
A new genus of bat has been discovered by researchers from Bucknell University and Fauna & Flora International in South Sudan. (April 9, 2013)

Scientists Build Robotic Bat Wing
Researchers at Brown University have built a robotic bat wing. (February 21, 2013)

Scientists Discover That Bats Use Sound of Copulating House Flies as Cue for Foraging
Scientists have determined that bats listen for the sound of copulating house flies as a cue to foraging. (July 24, 2012)

Bracken Bat Cave, Home to World's Largest Bat Colony, Opens to Public Tours
The Bracken Bat Cave in Comal County, Texas, which has the world's largest bat colony, opens to public tours for the first time this summer. (April 13, 2012)

Bats Conserve Energy During Flight by Drawing in Wings on Upstroke
A new Brown University study found that bats take advantage of their flexibility by folding in their wings on the upstroke to save inertial energy. (April 11, 2012)

Lil' Drac: The Story of an Orphaned Short-Tailed Fruit Bat
Here is a video about a Lil' Drac, a baby bat abandoned by its mother and raised by volunteers at the Bat World Sanctuary. (January 20, 2012)

Video: Vampire Bats Feed on Sleeping Pig
Vampire bats feed on a sleeping pig in the video from National Geographic. (October 30, 2011)

Beelzebub's Tube-Nosed Bat Discovered in Vietnam
Scientists from the Hungarian Natural History Museum (HNHM) and Fauna & Flora International (FFI) discovered three new bat species in Vietnam. (September 11, 2011)

Man in Louisiana Dies From Rabies After Being Bitten by Vampire Bat
A 19-year-old farm hand in Louisiana has died after being bitten by a vampire bat. (August 12, 2011)

Orb Weaver Spider Kills Bat in Belize
Orb weavers typically feed on insects, but if they are large enough they can capture birds and small mammals in their large webs. (July 30, 2011)

Video: Assassin Bugs vs Vampire Bats
An Assassin Bug takes on a vampire bat in this National Geographic video. (July 29, 2011)

White-Nose Syndrome Has Killed One Million Bats Since 2006
A mysterious disease called white-nose syndrome is killing bats. (May 10, 2010)