The Difference Between Social Bats and Solitary Bats

Here in Michigan, there are several species of bat native to our local areas. Common species include Indiana, Hoary, Little Brown, Big Brown, Silver-Haired, Tri-Colored, Evening, Red, and Northern Long-Eared bats. Each of these bat species, and more, can be classified as either social or solitary. But their classification largely depends on their natural behaviors.

Continue reading to learn the difference between social and solitary bats, including which local bat species fit into each category.

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Solitary Bats

Solitary bats are just that: bats that keep to themselves. They do not settle and roost in colonies. Instead, they live alone and migrate south to warmer areas for the winter. Some species, however, are known to hibernate for the winter, rather than migrate. Generally, solitary bats take up shelter in trees along riverbeds, or in rock crevices. Common species of solitary bats here in Michigan include the Hoary bat, Red Bat, and Silver-Haired bat.

Solitary Bat Species:

✦ Silver-Haired Bat

✦ Red Bat

✦ Hoary Bat

Social Bats

Social bats are the exact opposite of solitary bats. They are colonists, meaning they take up shelter as groups, and hibernate in their chose shelter for the winter. Most often, social bats are found roosting in hollowed trees, abandoned mines, buildings, and even residential settings, like attics and wall voids. Common species of social bats include the Little Brown bat, Big Brown bat, Tri-Colored bat (formally known as Pipistrelle), Evening bat, Indiana bat, and Northern Long-Eared bat. Of these species, the Indiana and Evening bat are listed as endangered.

Social Bat Species:

✦ Little Brown Bat

✦ Big Brown Bat

✦ Tri-Colored Bat (Pipistrelle)

✦ Evening Bat

✦ Indiana Bat

✦ Northern Long-Eared Bat

✦ Gray Bat

✦ Southeastern Bat

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