Monday, October 21, 2013

Bats in my Belfry


bat headband hairpiece, Martha Stewart

I think I have bats in my belfry!!!

downloadable bat and crystal ball lady

One Weird Thing
Please don't bring it back!

Victorian lady in bat skirt dictionary page print

vintage Boris the Bat book

Bats are so cool!!!

lithograph by Henry J. Johnson, c.1880

how to cut bat wings

They are mammals, which means they have little baby bats!
A baby bat is called a 'pup'!!

A group of bats is called a 'colony'.

mini chocolate bats

The Little bat screamed out in fright
"turn on the dark...
I'm afraid of the light!"

- Shel Silverstein

portrait of H.P.Lovecraft in bat necklace

Fangs for the memories
and nightmares!

The Count, Sesame Street

Halloween is always a wonderful time to re-connect with

The Count

What a wonderful thing!!!
eh, eh, eh!!!

I count ONE bat!
I count TWO bats!
Eh, eh, eh!!!
TWO bats!

Conan O'Brien broadcast, 6/27/2013

How many of us learned counting with The Count?!
I still sing his song in my head....
'Batty, Batty, Bat, Bat, Bat...!'
That's One, eh, eh....

Kermit and The Count, Sesame Street

Two, eh, eh...

The Count, with his voice Jerry Nelson

"On Hallowe'en the thing you must do
Is pretend that nothing can frighten you
And if somethin' scares you and you want to run
Just let on like it's Hallowe'en fun."

- Author Unknown

'Backward, turn backward,
O Time, in your flight
make me a child again
just for to-night!'

 - Elizabeth Akers Allen

downloadable pdf

There about 1,240 bat species!!
That's about 20% of all classified mammal species

No, don't ask me what an
'unclassified mammal species' is!

vampire bunny bat necklace


Contrary to popular horror movies
and common myths,
there are only 3 species that live on blood.
They make up about 30% of all bats.

How-to series by Dover Publications

The majority of the bat  population?
They eat insects.
Flying insects like mosquitoes
and ground insects!

bat pattern, Benny the Benevolent Bat

In fact, a bat eats
every night
several hundred insects in just a few hours!!

vintage bat brooch

There's this really cool size HUMONGOUS bat colony
under the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas, USA.
That's their summer home.
There are an estimated
1,500,000 Mexican free-tailed bats living there.
I typed the right amount of zeroes in!

Every night they eat
10,000 - 30,000 POUNDS 
of insects.

I'm sorry, I don't know where this bead pattern came from.

cone bat treats

"Have a fang-tastic night!"

So, does everyone think bats are creepy
and scary
and get caught in your hair?


In fact in many countries bats are symbols of good things!
In Tonga,
the bat is sacred, and is often considered a physical manifestation of a soul. But in a good way!
They are protected by Royal Decree!
Foxbats and Old World Bats thrive in the wild there.

Tongan bats in Casuarina trees

In Chinese culture the bat is a symbol of
longevity, and happiness.

In Poland, bats are considered lucky!

original Ashley Fisher bat skeleton papercutting

and Oklahoma
both have the Mexican free-tailed bat as their Official State Bat!

Mexican Free-Tailed Bat

The state of Virginia's Official State Bat is
the Virginia big-eared bat.

Virginia big-eared bat

I think he's kinda' cute!!

bar chocolate bar party favors by Elizabeth La Bau

'The best the good world has to give,
The best that ever has been,
I wish for you dear little friends
On merry Halloween.'

 - vintage verse

Blood donors needed.
See the Count....

maze courtesy of Dover Publications

Bats all, folks!

I love that moving tribute to the creator of The Count.

Have a batty day of bat-filled fun!!

'til next time,
and on pinterest:  kkloberdans
coloring page by Michele McDonough

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful post - I love it! Bats are incredible creatures that benefit us so much, I love to see them featured in such a positive way.