Just In Time for Halloween–Meat-Eating Plants


YouTube won’t let me embed this one, so you’ll have to head over there to see this video of a pitcher plant that even eats small mammals like rats.  Creepy!  But wait, you want to see creepy?  Watch this caterpillar fight with a Venus fly trap.  And you thought your Monday sucked.


  1. Wonderful! What a fantastic planet we live on!!!

    I may want to be a bit more careful out in the garden, though:)

  2. I haven’t felt that sorry for a caterpillar in a long time. But just at the end, it looked as if it got away! So, um, er, thanks, I think.

    (The pitcher plant video is fantastic. I didn’t realize the things had lids. Definitely thanks on that one. )

  3. I bought a number of carnivorous plants as part of my pest control regime.
    However, pitcher plants were not stocked in my local garden centres.

    There was a Venus Flytrap and a couple of Sundews. However – Aphids got the better of a Sundew (I did not expect that!) and the flytrap died as the cold dark winter took hold – they do not cope with winters, even as an indoor window plant.

    If you follow my link – I have a question there about should I feed aphids to a pitcher plant. It would not really control them, but it would be good to see the little monsters gone. However, the question is would they also manage to take over the pitcher plant like they did my sundew?

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