Desert Red Bat, Lasiurus blossevillii

The desert red bat, or western red bat, is one of 318 species of vesper bats. These bats can be found in North America, Central America, and even down to the northern most parts of South America. Like birds, the desert red bat migrates to warmer, desert climates during winter and returns to cooler climates during warm seasons. Males and females of this species have different migrating habits, and this hinders mating because they are always in different areas at different times. They will mate between August and September, resulting in litters of up to four pups. The mothers will carry their young until they are ready to fly at six weeks old.

Unlike other bats, the desert red bat does not live in caves, but prefers to roost under leaves in forests. It is thought that the nocturnal bat will hang upside down using one foot, acting like a dead leaf. They do this to hide from predators and to eat. The diet of the desert red bat includes moths, flies, cicadas, and beetles. They will use echolocation to maneuver at night, finding insects and watching out for predators such as owls and blue jays.

Image Caption: The desert red bat, (Lasiurus blossevillii) also known as the Western Red Bat, is one of many species of bats. This species has been found in North America, southern Canada, Central America and to the northern part of South America. Credit: United States National Park Service/Wikipedia