A Bug Munching Plant

Pitcher Plants includes several varieties of carnivorous plants that are cleverly designed to trap insects.

The rim of the pitcher shaped leaf becomes slippery with dew or nectar, causing insects to slide into its tubular cavity. The waxy inside of the leaf make it impossible for the insects to climb back out and they end up drowning in the plant’s digestive fluids. Pitcher Plants then obtain necessary nutrients by slowly absorbing the decaying bodies.

Nepenthes tropical carnivore plant
Nepenthes

 

Carnivorous plants grow in soil too poor to provide any sustenance, which is why the plants have evolved to rely on insects for food instead.

The Pitcher Plant Sarracenia purpurea is the official flower of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada.

Sarracenia. Exotic flower
Pitcher Plant Sarracenia purpurea