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Bat in Moth Trap

Observed: 27th June 2011 By: pcollingridgepcollingridge’s reputation in Mammals
Bat in moth-Trap

This bat was pestering the moths all night. The next morning he was curled up in the trap with a huge stomach & a big pile of moth-wings. Moved the trap out of the sunshine (a really hot day) and into a cool shady shed so he could escape when ready. He was soon gone & on his way home to his own bed

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wolvobirder's picture


That's a really funny observation :) Thanks for sharing.


Blewit Boy's picture

I had a similar...........

I had a similar senario with frogs taking advantage of the moths which were attracted to my MV light trap. A circle of them surrounded the trap and gobbled up quite a few between them before the moths had a chance to enter the trap. Talk about seizing the initiative!


allrounder's picture

Ive never heard...

of this behaviour before, from frogs or bats. In my experience the main culprits in my trap were Blue and Great Tits going in and out early in the mornings. Wasps were also a nuisance.

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rimo's picture

I've had nightjars going back

I've had nightjars going back and forth over the trap, taking incoming moths - can't say that losing a few moths worried me too much on that occasion!

I also had bats taking cockchafers over the trap a month or so ago, with an audible thump when they take them

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Million_Moments's picture

That is one smart bat!

That is one smart bat!

pcollingridge's picture

Bat in Trap

The usual culprits I get in the trap are hornets. However, if you watch the precision by which they work and the skill in their method, you just have to forgive them.... such gracefulness. Quite unlike this bat which was more like a visit from Mr Creosote (Monty Python's Meaning of Life).

colhig17's picture

Bats at moth traps

Brown Long Eared bats like this one are specialised for feeding on moths. They can even hear the footstep of a moth on a leaf! Their hearing is so good that their echolocation calls are so quiet that you can hardly hear them on a bat detector.

For the person who saw bats taking cockchafers, this could well be one of the bigger bat species - noctules or serotines.


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