5 Bug-Eating Plants, Up Close

Look out, insects! These carnivorous plants mean business.

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When a pitcher plant trap reaches full size and is open, bugs start coming to the sweet nectar that's secreted around the rim of the pitcher. The insect enters the pitcher and sucks on the nectar, going deeper into the trap. Most insects can't fly straight up, and there are numerous backward-facing hairs and a very slick surface inside the pitcher. This creates a one-way, dead-end trip for the insect.
Pitcher plants need bright light. Grow them outdoors in full sun to partial shade. If you live in a colder climate and overwinter them indoors, provide high-intensity fluorescent lights. In addition, pitcher plants are adapted to flooded savannah regions. They like wet feet, so make sure they're well-watered. When growing them in pots, let them sit in water-filled trays so they'll remain wet all the time.

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