How Carnivorous Pitcher Plants Trap Their Prey
Carnivorous pitcher plants are a little crafty when it comes to catching ants. They trick insects into a slippery death.By Sebastian Martinez | January 14, 2015
If you were already kind of creeped out by carnivorous plants like this pitcher plant, a new study detailing how exactly they trap their prey probably won't help.
That's because the study — which looked at the Nepenthes rafflesiana species — found that the plant is pretty crafty when it comes to trapping ants, its largest food source.
The plant takes advantage of the fact that ants are social animals. Instead of trapping every ant that comes by, it lets the scout ants escape and waits until the whole group shows up to spring the trap. (Video via National Geographic)