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BATS Magazine

VOLUME 13, NO. 3 Fall 1995


On the Cover

The yellow-winged bat (Lavia frons) is found only in tropical Africa and is one
of the species we are likely to see on BCI's 1996 Founder's Circle trip to East Africa (see back cover for details). These bats' colorful wings are a dramatic sight when they are flying and a superb camouflage when roosting. Wrapping their wings around their bodies, yellow-winged bats take on the appearance of dead leaves in the dense bushes where they roost. They also sometimes position themselves among colorful yellow berries.

Yellow-winged bats roost in monogamous pairs, and the male defends its territory for the exclusive feeding rights of its mate. They eat many kinds of insects and have been known to hunt during the day. Because their large ears enable them to hear even the faint footsteps of insects walking on the ground, they can hunt by simply hanging from a branch then pouncing on the insect as it passes below.

Photo by Merlin D. Tuttle

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All articles in this issue:
On the Cover
Mexico-U.S. Partnership Makes Gains For Migratory Bats
PERU'S BAT-CACTUS CONNECTION
BOB CURRIE: THE QUIET CONSERVATIONIST
Reports from Bulgaria and France
Invaluable Publicity Opens New Member Opportunities
BCI Expands Outreach Through the World Wide Web
Experience Africa in 1996
Tuttle Lectures this Fall. 1995
Wish List. 1995
Look for "Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats"*
Help! There's a Bat in my House!
MEMBER OPPORTUNITIES FOR 1996 FIELD STUDY WORKSHOPS

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