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A house in the trees

In the Amazon, bats of the Mesophylla genus sometimes sleep under large tree leaves. The small, winged mammals nibble the central vein and then fold the leaf around themselves, forming a protective shelter. “It’s possible to photograph them during the day, close to the ground,” says biologist Giulliana Appel, who learned about them from the guide who assisted her during her fieldwork.

Image submitted by Giulliana Appel, a PhD student at the National Institute for Research in the Amazon, part of the Forest Fragment Biological Dynamics Project.