Indiana Bat

(Myotis sodalis)

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STATUS: Native, “Near Threatened,” Listed under Endangered Species Act

DESCRIPTION: It is gray, black, or chestnut in color , 1.2–2 inches long, and weighs .16-.34 oz.

DIET: It eats both terrestrial and aquatic flying insects like moths, beetles, and mosquitoes and midges.

HABITAT: Hardwood and pine-wood forests, old-growth forests, and agricultural croplands.

NOTES: It has experienced a 50% population decline over the past 10 years due to loss of hibernacula (caves suitable for them to hibernate in over winter). White-nosed bat syndrome has seriously affected these populations.

Photo Credit: USFWS/Ann Froschauer