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Friday, June 10, 2016
Photo Challenge Entry #10 Little Brown Bat
This is one of my smallest skulls, although not the smallest. It is the skull of a Little Brown Bat. How small is it? Well, the long lower fangs are a whopping 1mm from tip to jaw. It took me a couple hours just to place and secure the teeth when I was preparing this skull, with a powerful magnifier and a tweezer-like tool that I had constructed out of sharpened toothpicks.
Little Brown Bats eat mosquitoes primarily. Lots of them. 500-1000 per hour, until they have consumed at least half their own body weight...every single day. Nursing females will eat twice that. They also eat moths and midges, and other flying insects. So they are really nice to have around...outside at least.