Spotted bats weigh between 16-20 grams and have a wingspan of 13-15 inches (34-38 cm). The spotted bat's pelage is very unique. The back is black with three very noticeable white spots (one on each shoulder and one on the rump) and the belly is white. The ears are large and pink.
Although the spotted bat has been documented from southern Canada to Southern Mexico, it is not common. The individuals photographed above were caught in southern Utah at an altitude above 9,000 feet.
Ecology and Behavior
These bats are known to live in rocky desert areas and roost in rock crevices at high elevations.
Their foraging habits are routine and they will fly the same patterns night after night.
Spotted bats feed mainly on moths but they will feed on other insects.
Red dots indicate captures prior to 2009 and yellow dots indicate captures after 2009. The yellow line separates the Great Basin ecoregion on the left from the southern Rockies region on the right.
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