Lesser Long-Nosed Bat

An educational natural science illustration on the lesser long-nosed bat and its recent removal from the endangered species list by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The two-page spread discusses the factors that affected the species’ populations and how the species bounced back. The illustration showcases the feeding mechanism of the “tequila bat,” the comparative sizes of the bat and its primary food source, the agave plant, and the migratory paths the bat populations take along the nectar trail between Mexico and the southeastern United States.

This piece was created as part of a workshop to teach students of the University of Washington’s Natural Science Illustration Certificate Program the principles of putting together a comprehensive natural science illustration, as well as to demonstrate digital techniques in Photoshop and Illustrator.

FormatDigitalMediaAdobe Photoshop/IllustratorAudienceUW Natural Science Illustration Program students, general audienceYear2018