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Okay, today is Halloween, and it is appropriate to publish a post here that has a Halloween theme … you know, something tied to Halloween.
For Halloween 2017, we published in this space a post, “Dressed Up For Halloween – As A Deer, A Tick, Or A Mosquito. Those Characters Are Out There,” which featured photos of creative of costumes of ohDEER nemeses … yep … the deer, the tick, and the mosquito.
If you do a web search of the terms “deer costume” or “mosquito costume,” you will find many, many different types of costumes. If do a web search of the term “tick costume,” you will mostly have returned variations the costume of the comic book superhero The Tick. ohDEER featured superhero The Tick in a post. Please click here to be taken to the post.
For the 2018 ohDEER Halloween post, we return to the subject of one of our past posts – and that would be the bat – the remarkable bat. As explained in the “Bat” Wikipedia entry, “Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera, with their forelimbs adapted as wings, they are the only mammals naturally capable of true and sustained flight.”
There are a lot of different types of bats; presently there are about 1.200 species of bats, which together comprise in the vicinity of 20 percent of all mammal species on earth.
Bats serve beneficial purposes, such as pollinators and dispersal of seeds.
Bat are also natural pesticides, consuming masses of insects – including mosquitoes. Bats very much like dining on mosquitoes.
Clicking here will take you to the post, “Bats – One Of Mother Nature’s Forms Of Mosquito Control,” published here on August 31, 2015. Oh, yeah, bats are mosquito control. In the post, we reference a story, “How to control Mosquitoes with Bats,” found at BatsBirdsYards.com.
Bats. Beyond Scary and Spooky, They Are ohDEER’s “Wingmen” in Mission Mosquito ControlBats. Beyond Scary and Spooky, They Are ohDEER’s “Wingmen” in Mission Mosquito ControlAmong the information we learn from the story, and which we shared in the post, is the following:
“Individuals of some bat species can capture 500 to 1,000 mosquitoes in a single hour and large colonies can consume tremendous quantities. For example, a Florida colony of 30,000 southeastern bats consumes 50 tons of insects annually, including over 15 tons of mosquitoes … “
Then, again, of course, bats have a bad reputation – some of it based in very real bad acts, with those acts being the transmission of disease, including rabies.
Some of the bad rap, though, is tied and supported by myth and fable, imaginative and fanciful storytelling.
In our previous post on bats, we referred to the unsettling, noting, “ … let’s face it, bats have that link to, that connotation with, the creepy and discomforting supernatural … and with that which creates unease.”
Bats get bad raps, as well, because … let’s face it … with 1,200 species of bats, there are some that are rather cute … and others that are not – for example, the common vampire bat (yes, they drink blood), a photo of which we have nicely provided nearby. Credit: Daniel Streicker
How did bats become so tightly and enduringly associated with Halloween? Interestingly, enough, and most fitting for a discussion on our blog, it seems much of it had to do with the bat’s affinity for chowing down on insects.
“Bats have long been associated with Halloween but the connection is by far less ominous than some would suspect. In Halloween’s ancient origins people would gather together around giant bonfires to ward off evil spirits. Attracted to the warmth and bright light of these fires were many small flying insects. Natural food for hungry bats. People saw the bats flickering in and out of the firelight during the festivals and they became a feature of Halloween lore.”
The poor bat. Talk about can’t win for trying.
Well, ohDEER knows the score, and the truth. We know that the bat … while cultural kin to scary and spooky … holds a tremendous quotient of upside.
Like serving, literally, as ohDEER wingmen in all-natural mosquito control.