During a wildfire the Western Small-footed Myotis (Myotis ciliolabrum), or Miotis cara negra in Spanish, can find shelter in many diverse places like rocky outcrops, crevices, and cliffs near chaparral foothills, creeks, and open woodlands. They thrive in open, flat, and undeveloped areas like the transitional zones of the chaparral and desert slopes.
This bat mostly feeds on flying insects like flies and winged ants but can also be found foraging for insects and beetles around boulders, cliffs, and trees following a wildfire.
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PHOTO CREDIT: Merlin D. Tuttle, Bat Conservation International, www.batcon.org