Beautiful Bats: Canyon Bat, or Western Pipistrelle

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  Parastrellus hesperus is the smallest bat in the United States, with  a wingspan of 7-9 in (19-23 cm). This little cutie’s body color ranges from white to pale yellow to dark brown.Its face and ears are almost black. Canyon bats bats exhibit counter shading, being dark above and lighter colored below.
These bats can be found from southern Washington through the western United States and to southern Mexico.
The western pipstrelle is commonly the first bat out in the evening and the last bat to be seen after sunrise,being most active in the hours immediately following sunset and preceding sunrise and are usually not active during the overnight hours. These bats  feed on insects, and have great flight maneuverability in order to chase them.
During the day, rock crevices serve as the preferred roosting sites for P. hesperus, although sometimes they can be found roosting in crevices inside mines. They may also be found in buildings.

Unicorns: Dr. Dove’s Bovine Unicorn!


In 1933 or ’34, Dr W. Franklin Dove took a day-old male Ayrshire calf, surgically removed his horn buds, trimmed them to fit together and replanted them in the centre of the calf’s forehead. As the young bull grew, the buds fused and produced a single foot long horn, straight as an arrow and highly useful in uprooting fences as well as confronting rival bulls.
The Unicorn Bull became the leader of his herd,rarely challenged by other males, not surprisingly. When bulls charge each other the main aim, as with most horned animals, is to bash skulls and push and shove until someone can take no more. Charging towards an enemy who has a spike aimed right between your eyes is not exactly a smart game to play.
Secure in his strength and position, the bull became unusually placid and mild-mannered, which are traits attributed to the Unicorn, oddly enough.


Deities: Apis,the Bull God of Egypt


In Egyptian mythology, Apis (or Hapis) is a bull-deity. He served as an intermediary between humans and an all-powerful god. The cult of the Apis bull started at the very beginning of Egyptian history, probably as a fertility god connected to grain and the herds. The bull symbolized the king’s courageous heart, great strength, virility, and fighting spirit. The Apis bull was considered to be a manifestation of the pharaoh, as bulls were symbols of strength and fertility, qualities which are closely linked with kingship–for instance, the description “the strong bull of his mother Hathor” was a common title for gods and pharaohs. Apis was pictured with Hathor’s sun-disk between his horns, being one of few deities associated with her symbol.


Hump Day Beach & Drink Day Double Hump!

Cuz’n Ashley asked if she could have a Hump Day pic for her own, and with the camel at the beach, under a palm tree, with a fruity tropical drink. And she wanted a two-lump (Bactrian) camel, so here goes!

Hump Day Beach and Drink Day 2, 7/1/2015,© Liz Vitale 2015

Hump Day Beach and Drink Day two- hump, 7/1/2015,© Liz Vitale 2015

And since I still needed one to keep in the Hump Day Book, I made another, this time a one lump (Dromedary) variety:

Hump Day Beach and Drink Day 1, 7/1/2015,© Liz Vitale 2015

Hump Day Beach and Drink Day one hump, 7/1/2015,© Liz Vitale 2015

Happy Hump Day!