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Mar 05 2014

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Indiana Bat Maze

Indiana Bat Maze

Indiana Bat Maze

Can you solve the Indiana Bat Maze?

The Indiana bat is a very small bat that lives in much of the eastern half of the United States.  While there are still over 530,000 of these bats living; they are endangered.  This is because so many of them hibernate in so few caves.  About 8 caves serve as the winter living space for about 240,000 of these animals.  They cluster in groups, or singly, in these caves for about 6 months, hardly moving, in a deep state of stasis.  Any disturbance to the airflow or lighting conditions of the cave (for instance people with caving lights) may cause the animals to start moving around.  Since there is no food for them, this can be quite disastrous.

Another, more recent threat to bats in general, including the Indiana bat, is the White-Nose Sydrome.  This is a white fungal growth that comes upon bats, spreading from the nose out, and has resulted in the estimated deaths of 6.5 million bats (as of 2013).  As you can see, it is lucky that the Indiana Bat is still around as a species, since more than 12 times their population has been decimated by this disease.

The largest Indiana bats recorded are about 2 inches long.  They have a wingspan of about 9 inches; and weigh very little: about the weight of three pennies.  Despite their small size, a single Indiana Bat may eat as many as 1000 insects in the course of a single hour!  They help to keep the mosquito population down.

I hope you have fun solving the Indiana Bat maze!

This original artwork is copyright 2014 by Rob Hughes.  Drawn with india ink on 9″ x 12″ Bristol white vellum surface paper.  Made in Michigan.  Built to last.

Download a PDF of the Indiana bat here!

You can see the solution to the Indiana bat maze here.

Buy a greeting card with the Indiana bat on it here.

For more information about the Indiana bat, please visit the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s page about the animal.

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