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BATS Magazine

VOLUME 16, NO. 1 Spring 1998

On the Cover


The pallid bat (Antrozous pallidus) is known for its unique habit of feeding almost entirely from the ground. Unlike most other North American bats, this species captures little, if any, prey while in flight. With its huge ears, it can detect insects simply by listening for footsteps, and it can respond accurately to a split-second sound from up to 16 feet away.

After swooping down upon its prey, the pallid bat carries the insect to a convenient perch to consume its meal. Its most common prey include crickets, beetles, grasshoppers, and even scorpions (see story, page 12). The pallid bat is actually immune to a scorpion's sting!

Pallid bats roost in rock crevices, buildings, and bridges in arid regions. They are found from Mexico and the southwestern United States north through Oregon, Washington, and western Canada.

Photo by Merlin D. Tuttle

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All articles in this issue:
On the Cover
Hide and Seek: In Search of Forest Bats
Bat Houses in British Forests
Bat Crumbs: What I Learned from a Palid Bat's Leftovers
Angeline Cromack: Members in Action
BCI Highlights
Look for "Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats"* at these locations:
Members' Night Sign-Up Begins May 1
Investing In the Future
Wish List
America's Neighborhood Bats Updated and Revised
Volunteers Needed
Tools For Teaching Bat Conservation

Unless otherwise noted, all images are copyright ©Merlin D. Tuttle and/or ©Bat Conservation International