Snuggling Nepenthes Traps

Awww, they look like they are snuggling.  

Devil’s Slide

Two rows of spines, side by side. Why? Other Nepenthes lack any ridge or spine. This one has two, with spikes!  Perhaps to repel would be robbers of the food inside the trap? Nepenthes ventricosa hybrid.

Small Hips, Red Lips

  Small hips, Red lips. With over 100 species, Nepenthes trap variations are astounding, and often beautiful. But why red? Why ribs on the lips? What survival advantage is gained?

Glowing Clothes Pins

  Glowing Clothes Pins. Evening light. Nepenthes tendrils first wrap around a wire, then the heavy  insect eating trap forms. Suspended in air, the weight is supported by the wire. In nature, this would be a tree branch.

Sinister String

  Sinister String, tougher than rope, Nepenthes leaf tip snakes a foot long into air, twists,  strangles. Look! The meat eating trap is forming at the very tip, mid-air!

Seat up? or Seat Down?

  Nepenthes trap on right is just forming. The lid has not separated yet from the pitcher. Trap at left is mostly open with details still forming, such as the curling lip which has started to roll down and outward. Once mature, lids do not move, and lip symmetry will be nearly perfect. Amazing to […]

Fly Soup

Fly Soup, a cesspool flavor only a Nepenthes would love.  See mushy insect carcasses in this water? The lid structure above the trap does not keep rain water out, so some water accumulates inside.

Death on a Dangle

  Incredibly complex leaf modifications. Nepenthes. This toilet bowl trap grows at the end of spaghetti noodle-like vines. Traps dangle in the jungle air at insect flight level. Land. Slip. Drown. Rot. Eaten.