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Ceylon Ace

Halpe ceylonica


When feeding on bird droppings, the Hesperiidae exhibit an interesting phenomenon of "recycling" their excretion. With its proboscis extended whilst feeding on a bird dropping, a skipper has often been observed to arch its abdomen and deposit a drop of its own excreted fluid onto the bird dropping and then feeding off the mixture. It repeats the process as it adds its own excretions to the bird dropping to wet it, and then feeds for extended periods of time in this manner, if not disturbed. - (


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NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

Thanks Jae!

Jae 9 years ago

Great footage and information, Nuwan.

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Alawwa, North Western Province, Sri Lanka

Spotted on May 2, 2015
Submitted on May 7, 2015

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