Plants versus ants: voracious vegetation is victorious

January 14, 2015 12:07 AM

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Scientists say the tropical carnivorous plant regularly exploits natural weather fluctuations to adjust the slipperiness of its pitfall traps in order to capture and dine on batches of ants at a time rather than individual ants.

The research involved an Asian species of pitcher plant, so named because its leaves form cup-shaped insect traps that look like a pitcher.

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