Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus)
The Seminole bat is found in the southeastern region of the United States. They span from eastern Texas east to the southern Atlantic coast and as far north as Arkansas and North Carolina. They are migratory within their range, spending winters in the south and spread north in the summer. These bats are a solitary, tree-dwelling species that roost in Spanish moss, leaves, or under loose bark of their roosting trees. They choose roosting sites that are clear underneath so that they are able to easily take to flight.
Size and Color
Due to their appearance, these bats are commonly confused with red bats. They are a rich mahogany brown color with white colored tips. The underside of their body is paler than their back and the throat and chest areas are white in color. They an incredibly small species of bat that are 1 ¾ to 2 inches long with a wingspan of 4 ¼ to 4 ½ inches wide and a weight of between 7 and 14 grams.
Diet and Behavior
These insectivores’ prey on flies, beetles, dragonflies, bees, crickets, and wasps and they feed near the top of the trees. They are also known to forage over ponds, along forest edges, and other areas where insects gather. They do not hibernate, but they do go into a torpid state during colder days and nights in the winter. They are a solitary species and are not known to form maternity colonies.
They mate in the fall in flight and the females store the sperm until the spring and food is plentiful. They give birth to their litters between late May and early June and litter sizes can range from 1 to 4 pups. The pups are able to take to flight 3 to 4 weeks after birth.