This Deadly Plant Attracts And Feasts On More Than 6,000 Insects An Hour
Jun 23, 2015
Somehow, all over the world, multiple species from multiple families from multiple orders all developed this unusual ability to trap and digest insects with their slippery, pitcher-shaped leaves. The plant featured in this video is more closely related to common beets than it is to the pitcher plants found in North America.
What makes this particular plant so interesting however, is its voracious appetite.
Everybody knows the famous Venus fly trap. Its rapid, snapping jaws that capture prey make for a flashier show than other carnivorous plants. But pitcher plants make up for flash with efficiency. The term pitcher plant actually refers to several different species that are only related to each other in as much as they're all plants.