Pallid Bat Pallid Bat

If there are no scorpions or grasshoppers available for the pallid bat to eat, they will also feed on nectar from cactus flowers. In some cases, pallid bats are more effective at pollinating cactus than exclusively nectar feeding bats.

Fun Critter Facts

  • One of the larger and unique species of bats found in Wyoming, the pallid bat is characterized by pale fur on the body, highlighted with "chocolate" colored wings and very large ears.
  • Unlike a number of bats species, pallid bats tend to forage for insects and arachnids near or on the ground. They may locate crawling insects simply by sound without the aid of echolocation and land to stalk and capture the insect, spider, or scorpion. Pallid bats, like many of the bat species, consume nearly half their body weight in insects every night and are a major source of insect control.
  • Pallid bat males breed females in the fall, and the female stores the sperm overwinter until she comes into estrous in the spring. She generally gives birth to one or two pups, which can fly at four weeks, and are fully grown by eight weeks.
  • Pallid bats occupy arid and semi arid areas, spending the day in a crevice or crack in the rocks, or under peeling tree bark. They emerge at dusk to feed and often use temporary night roosts that are much more open and less secure than those used during the daylight hours.
  • Pallid bats can often be seen under porch roofs and similar structures during night roosts.
  • When threatened, pallid bats emit a strong odor in order to escape from a predator.

Pallid Bat
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