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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bat Bug

Bats are notorious for having a variety of critters that live on or around their bodies. One of the ideas postulated as the reason for bats frequently changing their roost sites is that parasites rapidly become a problem. 

myotis cililabrum
western small-footed bat (Myotis ciliolabrum)

Below, a bat bug (family: Heteroptera) ectoparasite feeding on part of the wing of a big brown bat.

bat bug parasite
bat bug (family: Heteroptera)

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