Brown Long-Eared Bat, Plecotus auritus

The brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus), also known as the common long-eared bat, is a species of vesper bat that is native to Europe. Its range includes most areas of Europe except southern Spain and Italy, and Greece. It prefers a habitat within woodland areas and prefers to roost in caves, although colonies have been found roosting in bat boxes, tree hollows, and buildings.

The brown long-eared bat reaches an average body length between 1.7 and 1.8 inches with a wing length of up to 1.6 inches and an ear length between 1.2 and 1.5 inches. Because its eyesight is stronger than its echolocation, it hunts moths and other insects during the daytime hours, gleaning them from surfaces such as leaves and bark. The brown-long eared bat appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus). Credit: Mnolf/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)