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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1. Ernst Haeckel Bat Drawings
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
2. Bat Drawings 1839
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.
3. Egyptian Bats 1813
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.
4. Trident Bat Drawing
The Trident Bat is found in North Africa and Arabia. This bat drawing is from a 1826 Egyptian natural history book.
5. Egyptian Fruit Bat Illustration
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.
6. Bat Skeleton
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.
7. Chilean Bat – Myotis chiloensis
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.
8. Pipistrellus Bat Drawings
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.
9. Red Bat Drawings
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.
Monday 7th of October 2019
These are definitely spooky, Claire... but really amazing, too! Thanks for sharing!
Monday 7th of October 2019
Thank you, I’m glad you liked them.
Kim @Serving Up Southern
Friday 4th of October 2019
Hi Claire! Great images and the information about the bats is so interesting. I love having bats around. At our old house, we would be out in the pool when the bats came out in the evenings. If we would swim to the sides and stay there, the bats would swoop down and get a drink. It was pretty cool to watch. I was thrilled to see that we have bats back here in the wood at our new house. I'm thinking about getting a bat house to encourage more because they are such great insect eaters. Thanks for sharing at Homestyle Gatheirng! >>> Kim
Sunday 15th of August 2021
Thank you!! These were COOL!!!! Love the coloring !
Saturday 5th of October 2019
Thank you. Wow, that sounds an amazing spectacle to watch and something special.
Tuesday 1st of October 2019
Thank you for sharing, the detail in some of the bats is awesome.
Thursday 3rd of October 2019
Thank you, they are lovely images.
Friday 27th of September 2019
I do adore a bat. There is a youtuber that rehabs bats in Australia. So fascinating to watch those lovelies!
Sunday 29th of September 2019
Thank you, I do think they are often unfairly demonized as a species.