little brown bat

noun

Definition of little brown bat 

: a small widely distributed insectivorous North American bat (Myotis lucifugus) with brown fur

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About 200 female little brown bats have made their nesting homes in a shelter at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Five cool bat facts," 23 Apr. 2018 Back at Fort Drum, for instance, the little brown bat maternal colony seemed headed for extinction. Rachel Kaufman, Smithsonian, "Three Ways Bats Could Bounce Back From Devastating White Nose Syndrome," 18 June 2018 One of those colonies today includes nearly 200 little brown bat mothers and babies. Rachel Kaufman, Smithsonian, "Three Ways Bats Could Bounce Back From Devastating White Nose Syndrome," 18 June 2018 To report the location of a little brown bat colony of ten or more, e-mail jennifer.longsdorf@state.ma.us. Margeaux Sippell can be reached at margeaux.sippell@globe.com. Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, "Little brown bats are dying; why we should care," 16 Apr. 2018 The little brown bat is the only one that remains in winter, hibernating upside down underneath the bark of shagbark hickory and other trees, as well as sometimes in people’s attics, Goyette said. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Lake County bat monitoring program hopes to prevent fungus killing critical mammal," 23 Apr. 2018 Once among the most common bat species in the United States, the little brown bat has been reduced to just 1 percent of its former population. Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, "Little brown bats are dying; why we should care," 16 Apr. 2018 Before the disease entered Pennsylvania in the winter of 2008-2009, a species called the little brown bat numbered in the millions. Joe Barrett, WSJ, "Hunt to Save Bats From White-Nose Syndrome Gets Funding," 24 Oct. 2017 In New York City, where nine species of bats are known to migrate during the summer, a single little brown bat is capable of devouring up to 100 percent of its body weight in insects, a diet that includes mosquitoes. Laura Bliss, New York Times, "The Remarkable Patience of the Staten Island Bat Watchers," 21 Sep. 2017

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