Kuhl’s Pipistrelle, Pipistrellus kuhlii
Kuhl’s pipistrelle (Pipistrellus kuhlii) is a species of vesper bat that can be found in a large range that includes areas of Africa, Asia, and Europe. It prefers a variety of habitats including tropical and subtropical arid shrublands, temperate forests and grasslands, and urban areas. Like many species of bat, this species resides in both winter and summer colonies, with summer colonies holding between thirty and one hundred individuals. The species feeds on a wide range of insects.
The population numbers of Kuhl’s pipistrelle seem to be stable and are increasing in some areas of its range. There are no known major threats to the species as a whole, but local populations can be threatened by the use of pesticides. In most areas of its European range, it is protected by law and it resides in many protected areas throughout its entire range. Kuhl’s pipistrelle appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”
Image Caption: Adult Kuhl’s Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus kuhlii). Credit: Leonardoancillotto86/Wikipedia (CC BY 3.0)