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Tent-making bat

Uroderma bilobatum


The tent-making bat is an American leaf-nosed bat (Phyllostomidae) found in lowland forests of Central and South America. This medium-sized bat has a gray coat with a pale white stripe running down the middle of the back. Its face is characterized by a fleshy noseleaf and four white stripes. Primarily a frugivore, it may supplement its diet with insects, flower parts, pollen, and nectar. Its common name comes from its curious behavior of constructing tents out of large, fan-shaped leaves. These roosts provide excellent protection from the tropical rains, and a single tent roost may house several bats at once.

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KarenL 10 years ago

Thank you akereemo245!

akereemo245 10 years ago


KarenL 10 years ago

Thanks Lisa!

LisaPowers 10 years ago


KarenL 10 years ago

Thanks Carol!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 10 years ago

They are very cute!

KarenL 10 years ago

Thanks Mark, Ignacio & Ashley! It was really cool to see these cool little guys. It was very low light & pouring with rain so unfortunately I had to use a very high ISO so the pics aren't great. One of them had its eyes open & seemed to be watching us!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

I remember these on a documentary. What a great thing to see for real.

Ignacio Gamboa
Ignacio Gamboa 10 years ago

So lucky, I've always wanted to see this ones

AshleyT 10 years ago

Awesome that you were able to get the detail in the faces! Such cute little guys

KarenL 10 years ago

Thanks Reiko!

RiekoS 10 years ago

Nice spotting!

KarenL 10 years ago

Thanks Jemma & Neil!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 10 years ago

Lovely little fellows. Wonderful spotting, Karen.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

lovely spot.

KarenL 10 years ago

Thanks Bhagya!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 10 years ago


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Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jan 10, 2014
Submitted on Jan 11, 2014

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