eastern pipistrelle (Pipistrellus subflavus subflavus)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Not confirmed.
CHARACTERISTICS: This is one of the smallest eastern bats with a total
length of 2 3/4 to3 3/4 inches. It has yellowish-brown tricolor fur which
along with the small size distinguishes it from other bats. There are 2,
rarely 1, young born in sex-segregated maternity colonies from mid
June to early July. They are active until late October, and hibernate in
caves/mines often too tiny for other species. There are 1 to several
hundred per cave which hang singly scattered about but prefer warm
sites in protected passages. Individuals may occupy a precise spot each
winter. They may roost in caves, rock crevices, trees/foliage, and seldom
buildings. This species forages early evening in treetops, often over
water. The life span is 4-8 years in the wild.
DISTRIBUTION: The eastern pipistrelle is found throughout the state of
Virginia in caves, trees/vegetation, sometimes buildings in both wooded
and cleared areas. They roost in caves in the winter and in caves, trees,
cliffs and barns in the summer months.
FOODS: They take flies, moths, wasps, beetles and even grasshoppers.
Crooked Run Valley