Ecologist Leandro Moraes captured the moment in November 2017 in Brazil
In the brief clip, a black-chinned antbird can be seen snoozing on a branch
As it sleeps, a moth perched on its head uses a proboscis to sip tears from its eye
According to the expert, this behavior helps them get nutrients such as sodium
Published: 20:25 BST, 27 September 2018 | Updated: 23:50 BST, 27 September 2018
Unsettling new footage captured in the Amazon last year just might have you double-checking the insect screens on your windows tonight.
An ecologist working with the National Institute of Amazonian Research has documented the disturbing moment a moth slurps tears straight out of a sleeping bird’s eye, using its long proboscis to pry the eyelids open.
And, while it’s rare to witness, scientists say this behaviour isn’t all that uncommon.
Ecologist Leandro Moraes captured the moment in November 17 while working with the National Institute of Amazonian Research in Manaus, Brazil. It might seem odd behaviour, but the expert says drinking tears can help moths to get nutrients they might be lacking
In the brief clip, a black-chinned antbird can be seen snoozing on a branch, unaware of the moth perched atop its head.
While it at first appears little more than an innocuous insect using the bird as a place to rest, a closer look reveals something much, much creepier.
In the 19-second clip, the moth probes around the bird’s eye with its straw-like appendage, at times even pulling the sleeping animal’s eye wide open.
But, the snoozing antbird never wakes up to realize what’s going on.
Ecologist Leandro Moraes captured the moment in November 2017 while working with the National Institute of Amazonian Research in Manaus, Brazil.
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