Evening Bat

 

photo by: james Kiser

 

Evening Bat (Nycticeius humeralis)

Identification

Total Length

3.6 to 4 inches (9.1-10.2 cm)

Weight

5 to 14 grams

Wingspan

10.2 to 11 inches (26-28 cm)

Back fur color

Dark brown

Belly fur color

Slightly lighter

Tragus

Short and rounded

Distinguishing characteristics

Black face, wings, and ears. Strong odor

Roost Pattern

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Habitat

  • Found in tree cavities and crevices, loose bark, buildings and other man-made structures

Food Habits

  • Forage in the early evening and just before dawn
  • Feed on small flying insects such as flying ants, beetles, and moths  
  • Forage along edges of mature forest, clearings, and waterways

 

Range

  • Eastern United States from eastern Nebraska, west to the East Coast and from northern Iowa south to northern Mexico. 

Range Map from Tennessee Bat Working Group

Reproduction

  • Mating occurs in the fall
  • Young born from late May to early June
  • Litter size usually 2 pups
  • Young able to fly at about 3 weeks of age
  • Maternity colonies can contain hundreds individuals