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northern yellow bat (Lasiurus intermedius floridanus)

Distribution Map

Distribution Map

Characteristics

This is a large, pale, yellowish-brown bat with long wings. The ears are short, broad and rounded and the fur is long and silky, and the tips of the hairs are often gray or brown. The average total length is 115 mm (4.5 inches) and a wingspread of about 375 mm . The females are larger than the males. The extent of the mating season is unknown. The males appear reproductively active from July through mid-February. There are 3-4 young per litter (average 3.4), produced in late May or June. The females form loose colonies during the breeding season. . This species is solitary except for females in the breeding season. This species is seldom found in caves or buildings.

Distribution

This bat has only been found in the Norfolk region of Virginia. This species is lives mostly in loblolly pine or turkey oak, near water, often roosting in Spanish moss. This species is closely associated with Spanish moss (Tillardia usneoides), and the range closely approximates that of Spanish moss.

Foods

As all bats, they primarily eat insects of all kinds and this species forages approximately 15-20 feet above the ground.

More Information

For more information, please visit the Virginia Fish & Wildlife Information Service (direct link to species booklet).