Like I said yesterday, just when I think I've seen it all...! Mother Nature is chock full of surprises, that's for sure!
Like the dung-eaters, Nepenthes ampullaria is still technically a carnivorous plant, but has evolved to derive much of its food from alternative sources, boasting a number of unique adaptations for digesting leaves, petals and other vegetable matter that falls into its trap. Other pitchers would only get clogged by such unwanted rubbish, but ampullaria has repurposed its death-trap into its own personal compost bin, and can happily survive on very little else. Mosquito larvae and other aquatic insects may even colonize these living trash-cans and assist in the breakdown of collected litter.
Ya know, the folks over at Listverse can fill our heads with all kinds of trivia and unusual information! If you have never taken the time to check them out, you really should. I'm just saying...!
Coffee in the kitchen this morning. I'll turn on the ceiling fan, 'cause it's hot outside!