Description: The fur
of the evening bat is usually a dark brown, but may also have a bronze to
reddish tint. It has short dark ears and the muzzle is broad,
unfurred and nearly black. This species closely resembles the big
brown bat, but is smaller in size.
Florida roosting preferences:
Colonial. Colony sizes range form just a few to around seventy
or so bats. They roost behind loose bark and the crevices and
cavities of dead trees. On a few occasions they have been found in
Spanish moss. They also roost in
buildings, bridges, the brackets on utility poles, and bat houses.
Insectivorous. They feed on beetles, planthoppers, true bugs, flies,
mosquitoes, moths, flying termites, flying ants and other insects.
Females usually give birth to two pups in late April or May.
Florida status: Common.
Evening bats are common throughout Florida, except the Florida Keys.
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