Pitcher plant and insect

Pitcher plant and insect

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Caption: Pitcher plant with an insect. These vase-shaped carnivorous plants emit a strong scent which attracts insects. The sides of the plant are slippery and contain downward-pointing spikes, so that once an insect has entered they are unable to leave, and fall to the bottom. The base contains a pool of digestive enzymes. When insects fall into the trap they are unable to get out and are digested in the pool, providing the plant with nutrients, such as phosphorous and nitrogen. Pitcher plants are typically found in nutrient- poor habitats such as bogs and swamps.

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Keywords: animal, biological, biology, botanical, botany, carnivore, carnivorous, cricket, entomology, fauna, insect, insectivore, insectivorous, pitcher plant, plant, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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