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Bats Change Their Strategy When Food Is In Short Supply
2014-09-05 03:10:26

University of Bristol Bats could be more flexible in their echolocation behavior than previously thought, according to a new study into the foraging techniques of the desert long-eared bat by researchers at the University of Bristol. Echolocating bats have historically been classified into two groups: 'loud' aerial hawkers who catch flying insects on the wing and 'whispering' gleaners that pick up prey from the ground. While some bat species can forage in multiple ways, others have...

Flapping Baby Birds Provide Clues To Origin Of Flight
2014-09-02 03:34:43

By Robert Sanders, University of California, Berkeley How did the earliest birds take wing? Did they fall from trees and learn to flap their forelimbs to avoid crashing? Or did they run along the ground and pump their “arms” to get aloft? The answer is buried 150 million years in the past, but a new University of California, Berkeley, study provides a new piece of evidence – birds have an innate ability to maneuver in midair, a talent that could have helped their ancestors learn...

cyborg moth drone
2014-08-21 06:46:03

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a way to convert moths into miniature drones by electronically manipulating their flight muscles and monitoring the signals the insects use to control them. Dr. Alper Bozkurt, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and colleagues from NC State and Cornell University devised a method to attach electrodes to a moth during its pupal stage, when it...

Greater mouse-eared bat
2014-07-24 05:09:35

Rayshell Clapper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The manner in which bats use echolocation has long been of interest to scientists, but new research shows that bats use more than echolocation to get around. In fact, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) recently announced a new discovery about the greater mouse-eared bat and how it navigates. The greater mouse-eared bat uses “polarization patterns in the sky to navigate…The bats use the way the Sun's light is...

2014-05-31 23:03:17

June is notorious for bat infestations as many bat species migrate into increasingly residential areas in search of food and shelter. Bird-X explains how to painlessly and humanely keep homes and structures free of bats. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 31, 2014 Multiple celebrity news sources recently reported that Ozzy Osbourne’s Buckinghamshire, England estate is infested with bats, requiring an estimated £300,000 (or $503,220) in repairs (source). While readers may think “karma is a...

3D Movie From Inside Live Flying Insects
2014-03-31 09:11:47

[ Watch The Video: Three-Dimensional Visualization of the Insect Thorax ] University of Oxford The flight muscles moving inside flies have been filmed for the first time using a new 3D X-ray scanning technique. 3D movies of the muscles were created by a team from Oxford University, Imperial College London, and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), using the PSI's Swiss Light Source, a powerful X-ray source. The movies offer a glimpse into the inner workings of one of nature's most...

2014-03-27 23:04:03

University of Maryland scientists discover that male big brown bats emit a special call - different than the ones they use to navigate in flight - that tells their comrades to “back off” from bugs they’ve claimed for themselves. A video animation in .mov format is available on request. College Park, MD (PRWEB) March 27, 2014 Look into the spring sky at dusk and you may see flitting groups of bats, gobbling up insect meals in an intricately choreographed aerial dance. It’s well...

bats and light pollution
2014-03-11 10:22:41

Wiley These new findings were reported by scientists from the German Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research Berlin (IZW). The study – published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology – is the first to show that seed-dispersing bats avoid feeding in light-polluted areas. Working in Costa Rica with Sowell's short-tailed bats (Carollia sowelli), Daniel Lewanzik from the IZW gave the bats a simple choice. He divided a flight cage into two compartments....

2014-02-24 23:04:07

Horne’s Pest Control Company offers tips on dealing with bats as they come back from hibernating all winter. Martinez, GA (PRWEB) February 24, 2014 The weather is getting warmer, which also means that bats are slowly starting to awaken and migrate back to their spring and summer habitat after hibernating all winter long. With the start of the spring season, Horne’s Pest Control recommends that people protect the bats around their home, rather than trying to kill them. Most people know...

2014-02-19 12:22:17

Small Flying Vehicles, Complete with Flapping Wings, may Emerge from Study of Fruit Bats WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- By exploring how creatures in nature are able to fly by flapping their wings, Virginia Tech researchers hope to apply that knowledge toward designing small flying vehicles known as "micro air vehicles" with flapping wings. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130627/DC39790LOGO) More than 1,000 species of bats have hand membrane wings,...


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Brandt’s Bat, Myitus brandtii
2013-10-11 08:07:41

The Brandt’s bat has a large population in northwest of England but is endangered in Austria. The Brandt’s Bat has shaggy brown fur with a pale grey belly. This bat is not a large bat and weighs less than half an ounce and measures up to two inches long. Its wingspan is more than triple its body length at 7.5 to 9.5 inches. Brandt’s bat eats only insects (insectivorous) and is not blind. However, echolocation is used for “night-vision,” so that while hunting at night it does...

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