Latest Carnivorous plants Stories
An insect-eating pitcher plant teams up with ants to prevent mosquito larvae from stealing its nutrients
The water-filled pool within a pitcher plant, it turns out, is a tiny ecosystem whose inner workings are similar to those of a full-scale water body.
At first glance, pitcher plants appear to be simple carnivorous plants that entrap and digest hapless insects that fall into them. However, a closer look reveals a complex food web of fly larvae, rotifers, midge larvae, and bacteria that exist within the plants’ pitcher.
Researchers have observed for the first time how a Venezuelan pitcher plant uses moisture on its tiny hairs to create a ‘waterslide of death’, sending unsuspecting ants further down into the plant, where they are eventually digested.
Many predators in the animal kingdom depend on a quick-strike ability to capture their prey, but a few species in the plant kingdom also have this impressive capability.
It’s a bad sign when even carnivorous plants decide to embrace a vegetarian lifestyle. A newly published study in New Phytologist journal has revealed the common Sundew plant is becoming so full from snacking on nitrogen deposits in Swedish bogs, that they’re eating fewer bugs.
Scientists from Cambridge University have found that a carnivorous plant employs the laws of physics to help it find its meals.
Findings advance understanding of how complete food webs function.
Animals and plants communicate with one another in a variety of ways: behavior, body patterns, and even chemistry.