52/52 Painting Challenge Week # 16

The Year of the Bat

Large Flying Fox (Pteropus vampyrus) Mindy Lighthipe © 2012

This is the final painting that I did from my Bat Photo Day at the Lubee Bat Conservancy.  I really enjoyed seeing all the different bats that they have there. One of my main concerns as an artist is educating the general public about the interconnection of all living things. Bats have been given a bad name as being blood sucking and evil. Bats are a necessary part of our planet. Here are some facts about bats that you might not have known.

  1. They are the only mammals that fly.
  2. They are major pollinators of plants.
  3. Fruit eating bats play a leading role in seed dispersal.
  4. 145 genera of plants depend solely on bats for pollination and seed dispersal.
  5. 134 plants that yield products used by humans are entirely or partially reliant upon bats for seed dispersal or pollination.
  6. There are 173 different species of fruit bats found in tropical and subtropical areas of the old world.
  7. A group of bats is called a "camp".
  8. Fruit bats are often the only mammals on oceanic islands.
  9. Flying foxes belong to a group of mammals called Chiroptera, which means hand-wing.  A bats wing is its hand.
  10. 2011-2012 is the Year of the Bat.

I am arranging to have fineart archival prints made of my bat paintings in an effort to help support the Lubee Bat Conservancy. If you are interested in owning a set of these prints please feel free to contact me.