Well, actually, bats fill the night skies here in Gainesville every night, not just on Halloween.
The University of Florida here in town is home to a huge bat colony residing in specially built structures ("The Bathouses") next to a lake on the west side of campus.
This colony is cited as the world's largest bat colony living in an organized system of structures.
A bit more:https://authenticflorida.com/uf-bat-house/
According to the UF website on this topic, the UF bat population is comprised mostly of Brazilian free-tailed bats:https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailv2&ccid=spltpk2r&id=30c060cfe61e59af3d33e38d7cd97b6ddc07cd07&thid=oip.spltpk2rvickfz3owasxlwhad3&mediaurl=https%3a%2F%2Fwww.neopress.in%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F11%2Fbats-696x364.jpg&exph=364&expw=696&q=brazilian+free+tailed+bats+photos&simid=608008038873117239&form=irprst&ck=7c412519fb33b92d1b43fa060b8ddb44&selectedindex=23&qpvt=brazilian+free+tailed+bats+photos&ajaxhist=0&ajaxserp=0&vt=0&sim=11&cdnurl=https%3a%2F%2Fth.bing.com%2Fth%2Fid%2Fr.48f2d3a4adab56208a7d9dce5804b12f%3frik%3Db80h3g172xyn4w%26pid%3Dimgraw%26r%3D0
Estimated UF Bathouses population: 450,000-500,000 bats. Capacity of Bat House and Bat Barn: 750,000 bats. Nightly insect consumption: 2.5 billion insects (more than 2,500 pounds!). Types of insects consumed: Moths, beetles, mosquitoes, flies, gnats, leafhoppers, midges, winged ants and many other pests of lawns, shrubs, trees, crops and humans.
And what it looks like to witness the nightly emergence of lots and lots of bats from the bathouses, flying out to sweep the area's evening and night skies of more than a ton of insects in a single night! https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=university+of+florida+bat+house+video&view=detail&mid=2801c5df485add8ad1232801c5df485add8ad123&form=vire
And, not to miss an opportunity to make a quick buck for the university, UF is even offering, with tongue firmly-in-cheek I would imagine, a name-a-bat program, where one can give a name to one of the nightly critters, following a contribution to the school of course, and even receive an official certificate to this effect: https://affinitygiving.ufl.edu/campaigns/name-a-bat-2021/?appeal_id=6169b71efcf3f22094265aae#/
Ï'm afraid I haven't personally taken advantage of this wonderful name-a-bat opportunity yet, but some possibly suitable bat monikers come to mind. How about
Buffy, Fang, Flappy, Count D, or Moonlight?
And I haven't yet heard of any of the bats morphing into sinister-looking little old caped Transylvanian counts with heavy accents, but I suppose the thought might at least come to mind during this Halloween season.
And even if one isn't exactly crazy about
bats, this is still a remarkable work-with-nature program here at UF, and one worthy of some attention during this particular week, I guess.
Happy Halloween, everyone! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6dzpvbcdr0