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2008-May-01  Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia, USA    Back to 2008 Florida Trip

Sarracenia minor

Allure:

 The pitcher exterior is scattered with nectar glands for prey attraction. From field observations it is easy to speculate that a strong nectar trail is formed along the pitcher wing (ala) for crawling insects --- leading to the pitcher opening, where the nectar secretionsis heaviest.

  

DUI:

Drinking & driving at the same time always carry a measurable degree of risk -

Nectar is known to contain narcotic substances that presumably intoxicate a visiting insect. As it attempts to lick nectar at the pitcher entrance, a drowsy insect is more likely to lose its foothold.

Fatal Attraction:

A moment before the plunge. The slippery surface of the peristome causes the prey to lose its firm foothold.

Honey, I cannot hold it anymore!

Togetherness:

A sweet honeymoon has come to a climatic, if untimely, end. A good news is that the couple is still together - at the depth of the pitcher bottom. Slippery construction of the inner surface of the pitcher tube all but precludes the possibility of prey climbing up the wall to escape. 

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