Along with witches, wizards, skeletons, ghosts, and human skulls, bats are also associated with a spooky Halloween. Here I’ve curated an interesting collection of vintage bat drawings that can be used for your Halloween crafts and DIYs.
There are many theories as to why bats are associated with Halloween. One theory is that on All Hallows Eve (Halloween), the Celtics used to light bonfires that attracted flying insects and then bats would feed on these insects.
Another theory is all wrapped up with Vampire bats and their association with evil. Or it could just be that bats are nocturnal animals so would be flying around in the night sky on Halloween.
Vintage Bat Art Images To Download
Some Fun Facts About Bats
- Bats are the only true flying mammals.
- They live for up to 25 years.
- They are not blind but they do use echolocation to find their way around in the dark and to hunt.
- Even though there are over 1000 different species of bats only 3 of them are Vampire bats.
- Non Vampire bats live off insects, fruit, nectar and pollen.
- Insect-eating bats are important pest controllers.
- Fruit and nectar-eating bats are important seed dispersers and pollinators.
- The largest bat with a wingspan over six foot is the Flying fox.
The Vintage Bat Drawings
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This wonderful collection of detailed bat drawings are by the famed naturist artist Ernst Haeckel. The illustration featured in the German book Kunstformen der Natur (1904).
The common names of the bat drawings on this print are as follows:
1-2: Brown Long-eared Bat
3: Lesser Long-eared Bat
4: Lesser False Vampire Bat
5: Big-eared Woolly Bat
6-7: Tomes’s Sword-nosed Bat
8: Mexican Funnel-eared Bat
9: Antillean Ghost-faced Bat
10: Flower-faced Bat
11: Greater Spear-nosed Bat
12: Thumbless Bat
13: Greater Horseshoe Bat
14: Wrinkle-faced Bat
15: Spectral Bat
This wonderful Bat poster is from the Edinburgh journal of natural history and of the physical sciences 1939.
There are several species of bats in this chart. The two bats in flight are Geoffroy’s bat and the European Free Tailed bat. Both species are found mainly in Mediterranean Countries.
This collection of bat drawings are from a documented French army expedition to Egypt. ( “Description de l’Égypte, ou, Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Égypte pendant l’expédition de l’armée française.”) 1813.
The Trident Bat is found in North Africa and Arabia. This bat drawing is from a 1826 Egyptian natural history book.
I don’t know much about this bat print except that it is from the Iconographia Zoologica Special Collections University of Amsterdam. I chose this bat image as it showed the bat hanging from a branch rather than in flight.
I don’t know much about this bat skeleton drawing except that is was by the French Naturalist Émile Deyrolle. This bat skeleton would make a fabulous Halloween decoration.
This wonderful bat drawing is from a collection of one of Darwins important and famous scientific voyages on the Beagle.
The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Under the Command of Captain Fitzroy, R.N., during the Years 1832 to 1836 is a 5-part book published, between February 1838 and October 1843. It was written by various authors, and edited and superintended by Charles Darwin, publishing expert descriptions of the collections he had made during the Beagle voyage.
The Pipistrellus bat is a small bat. This bat illustration is another one from the collection Iconographia Zoologica Special Collections University of Amsterdam.
I love the castle drawing in the background of this bat illustration, it gives it that extra spooky Halloween vibe.
These North American red and brown bats in flight and on the perch were from 1874.
If you enjoyed these vintage bat drawings then you will probably love these of natural history prints on Picture Box Blue.