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Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

39. The Pipistrelle
(Pipistrellus pipistrellus)

39. The Pipistrelle

The pipistrelle or flittermouse is one of the most numerous of that remarkable clan, the bats, which chase insects through the summer twilight. The country name of "flittermouse" recalls the old belief that the bat is half mouse and half bird. In fact it is a member of an extraordinarily specialised order of mammals, the Chiroptera, far removed from the rodents and having nothing whatever to do with birds. The pipistrelle is one of our smallest bats. The little bats that flutter about the house and up and down the garden path are usually of this species.