Description: The fur
is long, silky and varies in color from Chocolate-brown to reddish- or
golden-brown. The ears and wing membranes are dark brown to nearly
black. The big brown bat is similar in appearance to the evening
bat, but is larger in size.
Florida roosting preferences:
Colonial. Dead tree cavities provide the normal roosting habitat
for this bat, but one colony was found roosting in the base of a royal
palm leaf stem in south Florida. They also move into
buildings, bridges and bat houses.
Insectivorous. They feed on beetles, planthoppers, true bugs, flies,
mosquitoes, flying termites, flying ants and a number of other insects.
Females usually give birth to two pups in may or June.
Florida status: Uncommon in
north and central Florida. Rare in south Florida.
Found throughout the state except the Florida Keys.
Copyright Florida Bat Conservancy 2005