Ten Plants That Put Meat on Their Plates
In addition to the well-known Venus flytrap, many other plant species feed on bugs or crustaceans
- By Sarah Zielinski
- Smithsonian.com, January 08, 2010
(Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in England)
The yellow pitcher plant (Sarracenia flava) grows up to three feet tall and lives in wet pinelands and bogs in the southeastern United States. The plant’s nectar glands secrete a chemical soup that includes coniine, a narcotic that may intoxicate the plant’s prey. Waxy scales on the upper surfaces of the pitcher increase the likelihood that insects—preferably wasps, bees and flies—will fall in.