Sunbird and spittlebug

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Samson Tan was at Singapore’s offshore island of Pulau Ubin on the morning of 2nd August 2009 when he noticed a female Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) feeding on a froghopper or spittlebug (Clovia sp.). This is a sap-sucking insect, whose nymph lives within a mass of froth to evade predators.

Obviously, this defense strategy failed. The sunbird saw through the cover and simply pecked at the froth to get at the nymph. It eventually consumed froth, nymph and all.

This post is courtesy of Samson Tan of Manta’s Experience….

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