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Desert red bat
The image depicts a captured desert red bat
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Genus:
Lasiurus
Species:
blossevillii
Lasiurus blossevillii range.png
Geographic Range

The desert red bat (Lasiurus blossevillii), also known as the western red bat or southern red bat is a species of microbat found across the Americas. Lasiurus blossevillii is most often found in tree foliage, as is most in the genus Lasiurus, and is a solitary species.

Habitat

The desert red bat has been found around North America, ranging from southern Canada, through the western United States, down to Central America and to the northern part of South America. The species is recorded in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador (Gal√°pagos Islands), El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela. This species, along with most bats, are a migratory species. They migrate to the southern parts of the Americas in the winter, and migrate north in the summer.

The common name implies that the desert red bat lives in the desert, but they actually hibernate under leaves in forests. Their coat color especially helps them camouflage with dead leaves.

Diet and hunting

The desert red bat is an insectivore. They eat moths, flies, true bugs, beetles, and cicadas. The desert red bat is nocturnal. They use animal echolocation to hunt for insects. While they hunt, they are prone to predators, which include owls, blue jays, raccoons and opossum.

Reproduction

Unlike most bats, which bear only one pup per season, the desert red bat can give birth to as many as four pups at once. To compensate for larger litters, desert red bats have four nipples rather than two. The bats mate during August and September. Pups are born about 90 days after mating. Before the bats are able to fly, the mother carries up to four pups at a time. It takes up to six weeks for the bats to fly by themselves and one to three years to mature.

Ecology

Male and female red bats have different migrating routines. Female bats are usually found in warmer climates during the month of June.

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