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Bats in a harp trap

Bats in a harp trap

Harp traps are designed to catch flying bats without damaging their wings. They consist of a frame that supports two rows of fine thread, and a catching bag at the base. If a bat detects the first row and swerves to pass through, it collides with the second row and tumbles into the collecting bag.

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Veronika Meduna, 'Bats - Lesser short-tailed bats and long-tailed bats', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/9756/bats-in-a-harp-trap (accessed 14 November 2019)

Story by Veronika Meduna, published 24 Sep 2007