The eastern red bat is our most common tree bat. Males are brightly colored red and orange while females are slightly duller in appearance. Their tail membrane is fully furred, and both sexes have a white patch of fur on their shoulders and wrists.
Often, eastern red bats fly at dusk, making it easy to spot with their distinctive color patterns and long, pointed wings. They can fly up to 40 miles per hour!
Moths, crickets, flies, mosquitoes, true bugs, beetles, cicadas, and other insects.
Eastern red bats are listed as species of greatest conservation need in Maryland. In addition, they are ranked as vulnerable/apparently secure (S3S4).
Red Bat Spectrograph
Courtesy of Bat Call: Acoustic Call Library and Species Accounts
Echolocation Frequency: 39-50 kHz
Photo by: Dr. J. Scott Altenbach
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401