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How the Honduran white bat converts large leaves into tents

Some of the most bizarre wildlife exists in the Honduran rainforest. Take the Honduran white fruit bat (Ectophylla alba), for example.

The size of a golf ball, these tiny creatures love to snuggle together like peas in a pod in leaf tents. Polygamous, each little colony houses up to six females and one male.

These white-winged cotton-ball looking bats create their nook by nibbling the side veins jutting out from the Heliconia plant causing the large leaves to fold down to form a tent.

The leaf tents allow the bats to avoid parasites, like bat flies. When sunlight filters through the canopy, their white fur appears green —awesome camouflage!

While most bats sleep in caves, these magic bats, also called Caribbean white tent-making bat, spend their leaves eating figs and roosting peace.

How the Honduran white bat converts large leaves into tents
How the Honduran white bat converts large leaves into tents
How the Honduran white bat converts large leaves into tents
How the Honduran white bat converts large leaves into tents
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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger and curious explorer of the world who connects the dots between life, arts, and knowledge.