Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Rat Eating Plant

I haven't forgotten that I promised a laundry post, but it takes too long to upload the photos on this old computer, so here's something I can't stop thinking about. I love this find.
The BBC describes the newly discovered species as a new kind of pitcher plant. And this one is evidently "among the largest of all pitchers and is so big that it can catch rats as well as insects in its leafy trap." Which makes it a pretty mean carnivorous plant--it catches insects, rodents, and other small animals in its tubes as they tumble down into them. The plant then closes its tube, trapping the prey inside.
Nature is really so amazing. More about it here.


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