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These small bats are inhabitants of wooded canyons, open deciduous and coniferous forests, and brushy hillsides. Their daytime roosts are in tree cavities, in cliffs and caves, and in houses. They do not form the compact clusters typical of many other Myotis, but roost in small colonies of 1-25 individuals. These bats seem to use buildings more frequently than other Myotis. They appear on the wing much later in the evening than most species of Myotis.
Specific food items are unknown, but this bat appears to feed primarily on small moths and beetles that occur between, within, or below the vegetative canopy. Their flight is relatively slow, fluttery, and highly erratic.
The single young is probably born in May, June or July. Pregnancy records vary from April 29 to July 6.
About the images: The four images above are all the same beast. Since bats are nocturnal, it was necessary to photograph him/her using artificial light which often casts an odd hue or coloration to the image. In reality the bat was a mousy brownish-gray with very white teeth.
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