Photo Friday: Carnivorous Plants

The bogs we study near Minocqua, WI,  are high in carbon, but low in nitrogen. Certain bacterial groups acquire nitrogen from the atmosphere, but these plants have a different method – eating insects! The pitcher plant contains a sticky liquid that lures insects into its bowl, traps them, and digests them. They are commonly found around our sampling sites, and when in bloom they produce spectacular star-shaped flowers. Here’s an example from the edge of Crystal Bog.

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