Vespertilionidae – Microbats

Widely distributed bats with simple noses & the largest family of bats

Vesper comes from the Latin word for ‘evening.’ – these bats were initially mistaken for feathered flyers and erroneously dubbed ‘evening birds.’ Later this was changed to ‘evening bat’ even though most bats are creatures of the night.

They are the most diverse family of bats, yet most species are insectivores, with only a few exceptions: one species of vesper grabs fish and crustaceans out of the water with its toes! Another larger species are known to hunt and eat small birds during their migration seasons when the birds fly during the night. Interestingly bats can feed while flying, which doesn’t just apply when they are feeding on insects.