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Happenings in the insect world
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by B. Dawson
on October 22, 2008 at 9:27 AM
Morbid as it may be, how exactly does the plant not allow the insects to escape?
by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on October 22, 2008 at 9:49 AM
The interior of the trap has stiff hairs pointing downwards to prevent the insects from climbing out.  
 
At the bottom of the trap are digestive enzymes. As the tube fills up with insects, the enzyme “juice” rises higher. Any insect that falls into the trap (lured by the colorful flowers and intoxicating nectar) is doomed to a tortuous death. (Including my beloved honey bees! I tried to shake them out but they were already dead. They blackened within a few days as the digestive enzymes went to work.)
by B. Dawson
on October 22, 2008 at 2:03 PM
Thank you!
 
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