One of Missouri’s 14 species of bats, the big brown bat primarily feeds on insects and lodges in caves or buildings. Although they can be twice the size as the little brown bat, these bats weigh less than an ounce. COURTESY | MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION

Today in the Globe newsroom we looked at darker spots for one of the creatures that dwells within them. Spooky, right?

Halloween gives bats a bad reputation, and the COVID-19 pandemic didn't help. These mammals are sorely misunderstood, however, and play a vital role in the region's ecosystem.

We'll have more about these nocturnal nommers in Wednesday's edition of the Globe and online at We'll also feature reports about:

  • A roundup of events across the region for Halloween.
  • The Joplin Board of Education meeting.
  • An important quilt behing shown at city hall.

We hope you have a relaxing evening.

Follow Digital Editor Joe Hadsall on Twitter at @JoeHadsall.

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Joe Hadsall is the digital editor for The Joplin Globe. He has been the editor of the former Nixa News-Enterprise and has worked for the Christian County Headliner News and 417 Magazine.