Monday, June 8, 2015

Naked Bat Earwigs

You’ve probably never heard of the Malaysian hairless bulldog bat, one of the world’s rarest bat species. Even more unusual, this oddball mammal is home to an equally oddball bug: a tiny, louse-sized earwig living in the folds of the bat’s naked, wrinkly body- where it is thought to feed on collected skin oils or other secretions.

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