little red flying fox

February 2014
Watercolor (Pelikan brand), microns; watercolor paper 9x12

A birthday gift for my amazing and dear friend Holly, the sort of person who would drive to distant places in the middle of the night to rescue me from myself.  She loves fruit bats, so I decided to draw one hanging under a flowering holly plant, slightly Mucha style, . Not sure that comes across but I had a lot of fun.

Aslo, I’m not expert on bat anatomy so I copied from this photo.


Welcome to your daily dose of bat facts for October! Happy national bat month!

The little red flying fox is one of four species of flying foxes from Australia. It is also the smallest of the four. Unlike the other three species, that like to roost about arms length apart, the little reds tend to clump together. All of the flying foxes are not very welcome among the people of Australia. Even though only the grey-headed flying fox is considered endangered, the bats are being threatened yearly when they are set in an area to give birth to their young. Governments say they are only trying to deter the bats to leave the area, but the carers know better, that they are culling the bats. Mothers abandon their babies because they fall off them while they try to flee the smoke bombs, fire hoses, firecrackers, and paint guns. Officials will even block carers from retrieving babies or even parents that have been injured and left on the ground.


These are the three main flying fox species in Australia

1. The black flying fox (Pteropus alecto)

2. The grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus)

3. The little red flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus)

Photo source:
The black and grey-headed flying fox pictures are mine, taken at the Australian bat clinic.  The little red flying fox -, taken by Lib Ruytenberg