Asian Pitcher Plant has Unique Ability for Catching its Dinner


Scientists have discovered a pitcher plant native to Southeast Asia that is able to use raindrops to propel ants into its pitcher where it can digest the insects. The plant, native to Malaysia, western Indonesia and Singapore, uses the force of individual rain drops to knock shelter seeking ants into its trap.

Most pitcher plants fair better during rain fall as their rims and inner walls become more slippery when went but the Nepenthes gracillis actually uses the force of the rain to “catapult” unsuspecting ants and beetles into their pitchers. Scientists are excited to find out that these complex carnivores still have so many secrets to still be discovered even at this point in the 21st century.


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