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Sarracenia purpurea                                                                                                                                     © 2009 Makoto Honda. All Rights Reserved

This underwater photography has captured a local ant being drowned in the deadly pool of S. purpurea pitcher. The surface tension of the pitcher fluid is measured to be considerably lower than that of water. This promotes swift drowning of the insect prey by acting as wetting agent on the otherwise water-resistant insect body.

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