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Seminole Bat

Fact File

Scientific Name: Lasiurus seminolus

Classification: Mammal, Order Chiroptera

Identifying Characteristics

Fur color aside, the Seminole bat is identical in size and physical characteristics to the red bat. The fur of the Seminole bat is a rich mahogany tipped in white. The Seminole bat has a fully furred tail with white patches of fur on the shoulders and wrists. The Seminole bat weighs 0.25–0.5 ounces and measures 3.5–4.75 inches in length.


Like northern yellow bats, Seminole bats can be found in clumps of Spanish moss. However, this species is less tied to Spanish moss and is found throughout most of the southeastern U.S. It prefers to feed over water courses and open areas. Like the northern yellow bat, there is only one record for Virginia; an adult female was captured in the Great Dismal Swamp in the fall of 1983.


Seminole bats feed on hoppers, flies, beetles, dragonflies, damselflies, and Hymenoptera (sawflies, wasps, bees, and ants).


Occurs only incidentally in Virginia.


One to four young are born in late May to early June. The young become volant at approximately three weeks.


Occurs only incidentally in Virginia.

Last updated: January 19, 2024


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