Which plants drown bugs?

The pitcher plant drowns small insects, who are attracted to the colorful leaf rosettes that resemble flowers. At the ends of the leaves are traps shaped like small pitchers, with a leafy “lid” to keep the rain out. Insects love the sweat nectar the plant produces around its slippery rim. When an insect lands on the rim, it slips inside, and drowns in the fluid at the bottom a mixture of rain, dew, and a digestive enzyme that soon dissolves the insect. The pitcher plant's meals include not only insects but also mites, spiders, and, occasionally, a small frog. The pitcher plant grows in bogs, savannas, and wooded areas of the Southfrom Florida to Mississippi, and north to Virginia and Marylandwhere insects are plentiful!


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