Catching Prey - Merlin Tuttle

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The Greater Mouse-eared Bat (Myotis myotis) ranges throughout most of Europe, including also the Syrian Arab Republic and Turkey. It feeds on a wide variety of arthropods, from large insects to centipedes, relying solely on its large ears to detct sounds made by prey (footsteps, wingbeats or courtship calls) and often captures prey directly from the ground or from foliage. It uses echolocation only to navigate. This hunting bat is about to approach and capture a katydid. It will land near the prey, pounce on it and often eat it before taking flight again. These bats hibernate in caves, mines or tunnels in winter and rear young mostly in caves or buildings in summer. Catching Prey

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