The moths are known to leap onto sloth poop to lay their eggs before returning to their host when the bathroom break is through.
Its been the best thing, in my opinion, thats been proposed before, he says.
The best way to find a fresh pile of sloth poo?So the perilous pooping process keeps the moths around.And algae seems to be a good nutritional supplementthough the researchers havent crunched the numbers to see just how much energy and nutrients the algae could provide.These moths are absolutely dependent on their host sloths weekly bathroom trip.Or maybe it has to do with the other species that call the sloths themselves home.The algae is a form of camouflage, but certainly isnt essential to the sloths survival.Pheromones present in urine and faeces can provide a lot of important information about the individual animal.We are working on the publication at the moment I will share it here soon!And the moths themselves, which Pauli says are little more than flying genitals by the time they reach maturity, dont produce their own poop that could somehow benefit the sloths fur.



We believe that it is all about communication and reproduction.
Both two-fingered (Choloepus) and three-fingered (Bradypus) sloths will only defecate once a week, and for some strange reason they will only do it on the ground.
The algae also turned up in the sloths stomachs, and when the researchers analyzed it they found that it was easily digestible and rich in carbs, proteins, and fats.Scientists have come up with a few possible benefits for ground-pooping, like fertilizing the trees that the sloths call home or revealing their locations to other sloths so they can mate (how romantic).But if a sloth can survive without the algae, why risk everything to try and get it?A recent blog post by, ed Yong sorteo de loteria nacional de hoy lunes offers up an interesting theory.But why do they do it on the forest floor?