Most people will be familiar with the Venus fly-traps, which famously appeared in an advert for Peperami in the 1980s, and indeed this was Mike's first introduction to carnivorous plants
as a 14-year-old in 1979.
could look different to bugs than they do to us.
 T Gibson, "Differential escape of insects from carnivorous plant
traps," American Midland Naturalist, vol.
The monster plant challenges nothing if not zoocentrism: in fact, the mere existence of carnivorous plants
challenges the conception of plants as objects intended for human and animal use, since these plants obviously ensnare and consume animals for their own benefit.
While there are many known species of carnivorous plants
that use insects, frogs and even small mammals to supplement the nutrients they need to grow, none have ever been found to trap their prey beneath the ground.
bladderwort A carnivorous plant
that lives in the water or wet soil.
Pattern of prey capture and prey availability among populations of the carnivorous plant
Pinguicula moranensis (Lentibulariaceae) along an environmental gradient.
Structure and properties of the glandular surface in the digestive zone of the pitcher in the carnivorous plant
Nepenthes ventrata and its role in insect trapping and retention.
The collaborating team has just published a paper exploring that potential in the Journal of Experimental Biology, based on the biology of the carnivorous plant
The first carnivorous plant
that Darwin examined was the sundew (Drosera rotundifolia), which caught his attention in the summer of 1860 (Darwin & Barlow, 1958; Browne, 2002).
After a carnivorous plant
catches an insect, the plant dissolves the insect and absorbs the liquid.
Like the carnivorous plant
in the play The Little Shop of Horrors, Venus flytraps, bladderworts, sun dews, and other plants that digest insects and other small creatures were once considered unnatural.
Key words: Lentibulariaceae, Utricularia, carnivorous plant
, prey composition, prey capture, plankton, Venezuela.
While that makes it more difficult for the reader to delve more deeply into the original literature and may reduce the scientific accuracy to some extent, many classic carnivorous plant
works are included, along with a few very up-to-date ones.