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Eastern Red Bat

Lasiurus borealis


Red bats have reddish fur, noticeably red to my eye (as opposed to "rusty" or other synonyms). This helps them blend in with dead leaves, as they roost in the foliage of trees. Size-wise, you can see that they're small, although most Vespertilionid (insect-eating) bats are here in the States. And these guys are by no means the smallest.


Red bats roost in foliage, typically in deciduous trees, although they will roost in evergreens too. They're found from the Rockies East to the Atlantic coast and from Canada to FL. This one was found outside of Nacogdoches at the SFA experimental forest.


This bat was captured in a mist net by trained and permitted researchers. Proper care was given to each animal, and white-nose protocol was followed. Weather: clear, no breeze, low of 69 F. Nets were placed over a pond with pines around it, and a small grassy field nearby.

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Texas, USA

Spotted on Apr 8, 2013
Submitted on Apr 9, 2013


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