Researchers Found “Intellect” In Pitcher (Ant-Eating) Plant

January 14, 2015 11:46 PM

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An Asian species of the pitcher plant has demonstrated the capability to utilize the climate to change the slipperiness of its traps so as to devour ant batches instead of only one or two at once. The plant’s name originates from its leaves which are bowed in a way that makes the blossom look like pitcher. It’s these leaves that act as the traps that send ants sliding to their demise in the mouth of the plant. The study was published on Wednesday in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B journal.

During rainfall, the pitcher plant’s rim gets to be wet and slippery and the ant strolling on the sleeper surface falls inside the ‘pitcher’. The analysts have demonstrated that amid the sunny climate the surface dries and stays alright for ants. Individual ant can gather sweet nectar from the trap ...

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