Eastern Red Bat

Eastern Red Bat

Lasiurus borealis

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This bat species is about 6 inches long. Males have red hair; females have chestnut hair with white frosting on the tips of their hair. They feed mostly on beetles.

This bat (in the first 2 images) was caught, photographed and identified on the 24th of September 2012 on the Fontenelle Forest Floodplain – where the stream crosses the road – by Professors James Wilson and Jeremy Wright of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The bat in images 3, 4 and 5 was photographed by Tony Palmer from the upland boardwalk in Fontenelle Forest on the 11th of May 2013. This species is found east of the Rockies. Most migrate south for winter, but some have been known to overwinter.

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