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Eastern Pipistrelle

Pipistrellus subflavus

This is perhaps the smallest of the Canadian bats, measuring in at a maximum length of 7.5 centimetres with a wing span of 20 centimetres. The eastern pipistrelle is also one of the slowest flyers among the bats, reaching a maximum speed of 6-9 kph. In Canada this bat is sparsely distributed, but can be found in some parts of Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia. The pipistrelle is commonly seen scurrying erratically over slow moving rivers and bordering trees. The eastern pipistrelle feed mainly on smaller flying insects such as flies, beetles, ants, and ichneumon flies. The pipistrelle is one of the longest living bats, and has been known to live up to 10 years in the wild.

Map of Eastern Pipistrelle in Canada
Distribution of Eastern Pipistrelle in Canada

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