The Plunderers

A plant that feeds on insects is not immune from being eaten by other insects. Any moth that drinks nectar from the leaf without falling into the trap, or any beetle that eats pollen without carrying some The sweet pitcher plant, Sarracenia rubra, takes its common name from the fragrance of its red flowers. It grows in four separate locations along the southeastern coastal plain, on the Gulf coastal plain, in a few bogs in the Carolina mountains, and in another small area in the middle of...

The Pitcher Leaf

Pitcher Plant Diagram

The blossoms are usually the brightest and most conspicuous part of flowering plants. But in the Sarracenia it is the leaves, with their graceful shapes and vivid colors, that are most striking. Like flowers, pitcher leaves have glands that give out a sugary nectar that attracts insects. These glands, and a variety of other devices on the outer and inner surfaces of the leaf, lure and trap their prey. There are some variations in the different Sarracenia species, but the yellow trumpet plant...