An Old World bat with broad ears that meet over the head.
Genus Barbastella, family Vespertilionidae: two species‘Also, records of barbastelles have never been reported from the eastern part of the Crimean peninsula.’
- ‘The diet of barbastelles consists almost exclusively of Lepidoptera, probably caught by aerial hawking.’
- ‘Many of these bats are rare or endangered species such as the barbastelles and mouse eared bat.’
- ‘Bechstein's, Daubenton's and barbastelles are the rarest of British bats and all occur here.’
- ‘The breeding colony of barbastelle bats was found at Paston Great Barn in Norfolk in August 1996.’
Late 18th century from French, from Italian barbastello.
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