Highways to Hades

 

Ants crawl along the nectar oozing wavy vertical wings on the upper surface of these tube leaves. When they get to the red lip, kerplop, they slip into the water filled trap. Drowned. Devoured. Pitcher Plant Sarracenia purpurea.

A vertical wing on the top of each pitcher gives strength to the trap and also exudes a nectar which attracts ants. Crawling insects walk along the ridge of the wing structure and slip at the red lip entrance to the water filled trap.

A vertical wing on the top of each pitcher gives strength to the trap and also exudes a nectar which attracts ants. Crawling insects walk along the ridge of the wing structure and slip at the red lip entrance to the water filled trap. Once inside, insects drown and are eaten.