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It Feeds On Bat Blood

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Images' started by DeathHand, Dec 29, 2015.

  1. DeathHand

    DeathHand Let It All Bleed Out

    There's a wingless fly, also known as a 'face huggers' or 'bat flies', that feeds off the blood of bats. Most would think the thing was a tick or a spider but it's a parasitic fly, the Penicillidia type, that is exclusive only to long-winged bats.

    Bat flies are parasitic insects that are adept at attaching themselves to unwilling bats and feeding on their blood for as long as they want. Commonly, these nasty looking things attach themselves to a bat's face. Curled claws on the ends of each of it's six legs anchors the bat fly to the bat's fur making it impossible for the hapless bat to get it off.

    The parasite rarely leaves it's comfy host, a nice warm bat, and if it needs to (ie: a female leaving to lay her larvae) then it returns to the same bat very quickly and clamps back on.

    Larvae are planted within the bat cave or just on the outer ridges of the main cave opening. Smart little things...

    Penicillidia Flies

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    2. No need to scratch...you don't have one in your hair...honest...
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  2. Mrs.REVmsr

    Mrs.REVmsr Misfits of Shout Box

    this is how Al Lewis ( grandpa on munsters ) died.

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  3. - PETRUK -

    - PETRUK - Lurker

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    Batman vs Spiderman in a real life :stoned:
     
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  4. tenguix

    tenguix Balls deep in the dead.

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    It's like an orb weaver lost a few parts:
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  5. PowerDrill

    PowerDrill Recovering Lurker

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    You gotta love how weird the animal kingdom can be sometimes. I can't even imagine how ludicrous the extinct parasites and animals were before our time.
     
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  6. Mental Puppy

    Mental Puppy Mors Est Salus Moderator

    That is one ugly little fucker... Awesome post
     
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  7. ScHoLaR oF SMuT

    ScHoLaR oF SMuT THE WOMAN THE MYTH THE LEGEND

    also exists genera of bats that consume their weight in insects.
    also a genus called fox bat eats only animals with blood.
     
  8. ncolo

    ncolo Rookie

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    That sucker looks to much like a spider for me. Now I'm going to have the crawlies all night. Aaaaaaahhhh