Now fully grown, your Sibiran bumblebat is still small enough to be mistaken for a hatchling. Downy black fuzz has given way to boldly striped fluff, and the wings which you once found terrifyingly delicate have toughened into soft, smooth leathery skin that produces a distinctive buzz when your bumblebat is in a hurry. And it is often in a hurry, busily flying from clover to honeysuckle to a hive hidden near the twisted roots of an old tree, pollen dusting from fur and wings as it swoops low over your head. During the long summer days, adult Sibiran bumblebats are hard at work building and maintaining hives for their small stores of honey or collecting the nectar to turn into the precious golden liquid. Hatchlings can be seen hanging onto their parents' backs as they sip from flowers, and when evening comes the air is filled with a buzz that you feel in your bones as the bumblebats return to their hives. In a few weeks, the hive will move to the winter nesting area you have prepared for them. It's a continuing source of amusement for you, trying to imagine the circumstances that lead to a magi discovering that a large teapot makes an excellent hibernation nest for sibiran bumblebats.
Sibiran bumblebats are found where the slopes of the Alasre Mountains give way to the deep forests of Silva. They are gentle creatures, the size of a very small mouse though their fluffy fur makes them appear larger. Sibiran bumblebats feed upon clover and honeysuckle nectar and will build small hives near their food supplies. In summer the fields on the lower mountain ranges are full of a constant, low pitched buzzing, a sound produced by the furious flapping of the bumblebat's tiny leathery wings. While Sibiran bumblebats do produce honey, they are particularly renowned for the wax that forms the walls of their hives. These hives are temporary places to store extra honey produced during the summer months and it is a wise magi who carefully collects the empty hives, as candle makers will pay a premium price for the quality wax for use in the manufacture of magical candles.
Sprite art: Jrap17/Lazuli | Description: ShaiNeko