Ranging from British Columbia to Guatemala, the California Myotis (Myotis californicus) is the second most widespread bat species found in San Diego County. It roosts in caves, rocky hillsides, under tree bark, and in buildings. They forage near watering holes, flying low and slow over these areas in search of flies, moths, mosquitos, and other flying insects.
Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, these bats are most
active at sunset when they hunt for insects near backyard watering holes. The
California Myotis mates in the fall. A single bat pup is usually born between
May and July and develops quickly enough to fly about one month after birth.
To learn more about the California Myotis and other bats, please visit Bat Conservation International.
PHOTO CREDIT: Drew Stokes, SDNHM