Western Red Bat
The Western Red Bat has pelage that ranges from dark red to orange-red. This bat also has white patches on its shoulders. The Western Red Bat weighs between 10-15 grams and has a wingspan equivalent to the Silver-Haired Bat (11-13 inches).
The Western Red Bat is found on the west side of the Rocky Mountains and spans from Canada to Central America.
In Utah, few accounts have been recorded. The most recent record resulted in the photograph above in Gandy, Utah (western desert region). The bat was most likely passing through the area when it was seen.
Ecology and Behavior
Western Red Bats are solitary like the Hoary Bats and Silver-Haired Bats. They prefer to roost in foliage alongside streams.
Their diet is made up of moths and other riparian insects.
Western Red Bats can have multiple offspring, sometimes up to three pups per reproduction.
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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