Scientific Name: Myotis myotis (Vespertilionidae).
English Name: Greater Mouse-eared Bat (Vesper bat family).
French Name: Le Grand murin (='the large mouse like bat').
5 Key Characters:
- strictly nocturnal.
- only active during good weather.
- the largest Vesper bat (13cm long, weighing 30g)
Habitat: Hunts in wooded areas, roosts in the attics of big buildings and caves (abandoned underground quarries), sometimes males will use hollow trees. Feeds on moths and beetles such as chafers and ground beetles, which they catch in flight or on the ground.
Hibernation Period: Winter.
Status: Protected. The species' internal navigation system is affected by light pollution. Its population is in decline.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature: