Hardwicke's Woolly Bat at Pitcher Plant

Hardwicke's Woolly Bat at Pitcher Plant

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Credit: Merlin D. Tuttle/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A Hardwicke's woolly bat (Kerivoula hardwickii) approaching a pitcher plant (Nepenthes hemsleyana) in Borneo. This tiny 4-gram bat will enter and roost in the pitcher. 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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