Eastern Red Bat (Lasiurus borealis)

Eastern Red Bat

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The Eastern red bat is a common bat of the eastern US and occurs throughout the northern half of Florida. Eastern red bats are known as tree bats because they primarily use trees as roost sites. Eastern red bats are also known to be long-distance migrants and bats from more northern states will migrate south to locations such as Florida during the winter months. Female Eastern red bats will give birth to 1 to 4 pups each year in late May or early June. Eastern red bats weigh between 8 and 16 grams and are generally bright red/ rust-colored, with frosted tips to the fur, though females are generally duller in overall color.

Roosting Preference: Solitary – Roosts in tree foliage, bushes, and occasionally Spanish moss.

Diet: Insectivorous – Known to feed on a variety of insects including moths, beetles, mosquitoes, and leafhoppers.

Eastern Red Bat Range Map



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