Happy International Bat Night!
Here are just a few of our nocturnal friends from the museum’s collections.
- A little metal Japanese 19th-century ojime bead, a type of cord fastener, in the shape of a bat
- A liquor tag for claret in the shape of a bat (Photograph by Flickr user Richardr/castrovalva)
- An incense box with stylized bats and a crescent moon, made in Japan in the early 20th century
- An ivory seal with a pair of bats, made in China in the early 20th century
- Bat and a willow tree, a fan painting by Suzuki Hyakunen (1825 – 1891)
Did you know that there are around 1,240 bat species, representing around 20% of all mammal species worldwide?
About 70% of bat species are insectivores (insect eaters) and most of the rest are frugivores (fruit eaters).
Bats perform the vital ecological roles of pollinating flowers and dispersing fruit seeds, with many tropical plant species depending entirely on bats for the distribution of their seeds.