Hardwicke's Woolly Bat, Pitcher Plant

Hardwicke's Woolly Bat, Pitcher Plant

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Caption: A Hardwicke's woolly bat (Kerivoula hardwickii) is sleeping in a pitcher plant (Nepenthes hemsleyana) in Borneo. The plant is backlit to silhouette the bat. This tiny 4-gram bat normally roosts in this species of pitcher plant when available. The plant has evolved special adaptations to encourage bat use, and in exchange it feeds on nitrogen from the bat's droppings instead of capturing insects or other animals like most pitcher plant species.

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