hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus)
English: A hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus) roosting on the branch of a tree.
Date 25 December 2013, 19:24:23
Author Photographer: Paul Cryan, U.S. Geological Survey
The hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus) is a species of bat in the vesper bat family, Vespertilionidae. It occurs throughout most of North America and much of South America, with disjunct populations in the Galápagos Islands and Hawaii. The hoary bat normally roosts alone on trees, hidden in the foliage, but on occasion has been seen in caves with other bats. It prefers woodland, mainly coniferous forests, but hunts over open areas or lakes. It hunts alone and its main food source is moths. Order: Chiroptera, Family: Vespertilionidae, Species: Lasiurus cinereus (Beauvois, 1796).