This little bat can be found in many places, and is the largest bat found in Idaho. They have black faces, and their bodies are yellowish to brownish with white tipped hairs, which make them look very soft and furry.
Hoary Bat, NPS website Photo by Jennifer Linehan
When you think of bats, you think of caves, but Hoary bats don’t always like dark caverns; they prefer trees! They roost (or hang) by themselves, usually at the end of branches where they cannot be seen from above. That’s how they hide from predators that might eat them. These bats eat grasshoppers, dragonflies, wasps, beetles, flies and moths. Hoary bats also migrate, or move south, in fall when the weather in Idaho begins to cool. Then, they return in the spring to eat more bugs!
Did you know?
When bats have babies, their young are called “pups.” Most bats only have one pup at a time.