Who could be scared of a face like that? Photo by rigel on Unsplash

A Pop Cultural History of Bats

Rabies-bearing terrors that infest your attic? Bloodthirsty familiars for witches and vampires? Or whimsical flying mammals with an ultrasonic superpower?

Bats are a fearful animal for many people, yet they’re also an immensely diverse and unique group of creatures. They are the second-most numerous group of mammals, comprising 20% of all mammal species. With an incredible variety of diets (no, not just…