This Plant Summons An Ant Army By Bleeding Nectar When Wounded
The bittersweet nightshade plant is the only plant we know of that attracts ants with nectar from its wounds.By Mikah Sargent | April 25, 2016
Plants aren't always the innocent, harmless eye-candy we might think they are — the Venus flytrap is proof of that.
And researchers from the Free University of Berlin just added another sinister plant to the list: the bittersweet nightshade plant.
When the plant is wounded by herbivores or insects gnawing on its leaves, it effectively bleeds a sweet nectar that attracts ants. Those lured ants send encroaching leaf-eaters scurrying by biting and attacking them.