9 Illustrations Of Nighttime Animals

Badgers sleep and hunt at night. They smell, see, and hear well and dig well. Prey includes prairie dogs, moles, and voles. They enjoy Great Plains grasslands and fields.

American badgers

Nocturnal fireflies are beetles that sparkle at night. Their bodies emit light through bioluminescence. 100% of the chemical reaction's energy becomes light.


Sonoran Desert scorpions live in Arizona. Light brown, 2.75-3.14-inch worms. UV radiation, especially moonlight, turns them bluish-green. Scientists think this helps them find partners at night and acts as sunblock.

 Arizona bark scorpion

The luna moth is one of the most stunning nocturnal fliers. They're huge, green, and have long tails on each wing. Their wings spread reflected noises to confound echolocating predators.

Luna Moth

Red foxes live in U.S. woodlands, wetlands, and farms. Predators due to nocturnal vision. A layer under light-sensitive eye cells increases vision. Dead animals, bugs, birds, and fruit.

Red Fox

The hoary bat is America's most frequent forest-dweller. These bats hunt insects, moths, and other bats before nightfall. They slumber in their velvety tails while hanging upside down from trees.

Hoary bat

In the U.S., only the nine-banded armadillo lives. Southern U.S., Central America, and northern Argentina are affected. Night-active animals use their keen sense of smell to find food. They eat insects and worms.

 Nine-banded armadillo 

Most cougars are nocturnal. Some are crepuscular, preferring dawn and dusk. Large eyes, whiskers, and sensitive paws help them see at night and find prey. They live in deserts, woodlands, canyons, and mountains.

Mountain lions

Intelligent and intuitive, nighttime raccoons find food. Whiskered fingertips let them feel their environment. Animals'see' using their hands. Raccoons are found across the U.S., except in the Rockies and Southwest.


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