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Silver-haired bat

Lasionycteris noctivagans




North Carolina shore


Landed on our balcony for an evening.


Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago

Please consider adding this spotting to the new North American Bat Tracker mission at

MorGan 11 years ago

Thanks, Karen, for the mission suggestion! And thanks, J.T., for the ID! I've uploaded a few more pictures that show all that silver-frosted hair you suspected. You're exactly right--that's what he is, for sure! I saw him fly down onto our balcony and then wedge himself underneath the banister. He was a neat little guy!

J.T.Layne 11 years ago

Nice find, do you have any other notes on this guy? What type of structure was it found on?

Although we can't see the trademark frosted tips of the back, the shape of the head, and the coloration on the front of the ears are decent identifiers.

Given the time of year, this bat is going through migration. Along with Hoary bats, this species makes up the majority of specimens found during mortality surveys at wind farms across North America.

Obligatory note: If you do not know what it is, or do not have the proper rabies vaccine, never handle a bat:

KarenL 11 years ago

You might like to add this to the Bat Monitoring mission

KarenL 11 years ago

Nice spot!
Welcome to Project Noah axiomofvoice!

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North Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Oct 5, 2011
Submitted on Jan 20, 2012

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