Interior of carnivorous pitcher plant is a daytime refuge for nighttime hunters
Batman’s not afraid of some little old meat-eating plant. He naps in its death traps.
For a daytime roost, both male and female Hardwicke’s woolly bats wedge themselves partway down the throats of vase-shaped leaves that capture insects for a vining species of carnivorous pitcher plant, says tropical ecologist Ulmar Grafe of University Brunei Darussalam in Gadong. The bats fold up to be smaller than a cell phone but are still too big to slip all the way down to the narrowest part of the leaf’s tapered bottom, where a pool of digestive liquid drowns insects that fall in.