I think it's cool that they both are
carnivorous. They get their energy from the
sun, like all plants, but they get nutrients from
insects. Carnivorous plant grow in places where
there are not a lot of nutrients in the soil.
Sandy places don't have many nutrients.
I like to take my college classes to a bog north
of Milwaukee. The water there is very acidic.
bacteria don't grow well in the acidic water, so
dead plants don't rot well. That means that the
nutrients in the dead plants don't get returned to
the water. Pitcher plants grow there in clumps
that stick out of the water. The pitcher plants
have hairs that grow pointing into a pool of water
inside the "pitcher" formed by their leaves.
Insects crawl in, but they can't crawl out. Plants
secrete enzymes into the water that dissolve the
bugs. Then the plant dissolves the nutrients.
Can you find any other carnivorous
plants? If you were designing a plant to catch
bugs, what would it look like?
Thanks for asking,