Lasiurus cinereus
©Merlin D. Tuttle, Bat Conservation International

Hoary Bat

Lasiurus cinereus

Description: Body length of 4" to 6", with a 16" wingspan. Light brown fur above with white-frosted fur tips, pale collar under chin. Short, round ears.

Range: The most widely distributed U.S. bat, found from southern Canada through most of continental United States and Hawaii.

Habitat: Usually among dense foliage, in evergreen forests and wooded areas. Occurs in small numbers, rarely seen.

Diet: Mostly moths, some mosquitoes, wasps, grasshoppers and beetles.

Behavior: Solitary bat. Emerges late in the evening, not an early riser. Usually bears a set of twins each year, in the late spring or early summer.

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