This week’s project: Silver Haired Bat

I am working on a small piece in honor of last week’s home invasion of Lasionycteris noctivagans, the Silver-Haired Bat, to be finished later this week. Our dinner was interrupted last Tuesday by a bat flying around the kitchen. Eventually we caught it in a waste paper basket, resulting in this very grainy phone photo:

Silver Haired Bat in a Waste Paper Basket

Bat in a Bucket

Page from Bats of North America, H. Allen, 1893

Page from Bats of North America, H. Allen, 1893, used for embroidery

I spent about a half hour on the identification before releasing it to the grill.  We heard it (presumably the same one) in the walls the next day, but we seem to be presently bat-free. A bat-monitor from the North Carolina Musuem of Natural Sciences couldn’t find anything.

L. noctivagans is a mid-sized, migratory insectivorous bat with small ears and silver fur.  There appears to be a change in the last few years with migration. Historically, North Carolina only had them in the summer, but more northerly populations are overwintering locally. So we may see different individuals but a year round population is present. They prefer to live singly in the bark of trees and apparently log cabins will do in a pinch. And they are quite welcome to stay around, as long as they stay out of the kitchen.

References

H. Allen, A Monograph of the Bats of North America, 1987. Smithsonian Institution.

“Lasionycteris noctivagans” Encyclopedia of life, available from http://eol.org/pages/327556/overview. Accessed March 3, 2014.

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