In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an Indiana Bat in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.
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How to Draw an Indiana Bat - Step-by-Step Tutorial
Interesting Facts about the Indiana Bat
Indiana bats are migratory animals found commonly in mines and caves in mid-west and eastern United States. . They are faint grey in color with pink nose. The length of their body is 41 – 49 mm with a wingspan of 240-267mm. Their tail is 27-44mm long and they weigh 5-11g. Indiana bats feed on insects. They prefer cool and humid areas for hibernation.
Did you know?
- They hibernate in groups of about 5000 individuals during winter season.
- The weight of Indiana bat is equal to the weight of three pennies, which is 5-11g.
- The genus name, Myotis, means small mouse ears that are characteristic of Indiana bats.
- Due to their amiable behavior they got their specie name, sodalis, which means companion.
- Mating season for Indiana bats is autumn (before hibernation) but the female bat keeps the sperm until the end of hibernation and becomes pregnant in spring!
- Migration occurs in summer season after hibernation where pregnant female Indiana bats move approximately 575km in colonies of about 100 individuals.
- Newborn bats start flying one month after they are born!
- Bats contribute towards cave ecosystems by their dung that is rich in nutrients that supports several life forms.
Lesson plan note: Help children make a bat hat and bat wings! Draw a bat and let children copy the drawing of bat twice. Attach/stick the two bats on either side of circular strip of paper joined at the end. Let them decorate their hat and have a hat competition. Let them wear the hat and flap their bat wings!