Tent-making Bat from Braulio Carrillo National Park, Costa Rica. May, 2009. I do not know the exact species of this bat so any ID help is welcome. I searched many bat “tents” until I found this one.

Tent-making bats cut ridges in the leaves of certain palm and heliconia plants so that the leaves fold into a “tent” to hide in during the day. An advantage to making their own home is that their hunting range in not limited to the area near their cave or tree hollow but instead can hunt as far as they wish and just make a new home.

Nikon D80
1/60s
f/4.8
ISO 200
Flash

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  • swaby
    swabyabout 4 years ago

    Wow, great capture!

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  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyabout 4 years ago

    great shot. not easy to find. there is a challenge about bats right now

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  • Thank you! I think I checked over 50 empty bat ‘tents’ before I found this guy.

    – Jason Weigner

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    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

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    klikkerabout 4 years ago

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago


    24 August 2010 (one image per day)

  • PorcelainPoet
    PorcelainPoetabout 4 years ago

    Featured in Eye Macros

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much for the feature!

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    rocamiadesignabout 4 years ago

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    Congrats on your wonderful feature, great work well done!

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  • klikker
    klikkerabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you for the feature!

    – Jason Weigner

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