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Nepenthes Eating Ants

October 11, 2010

 

Nepenthes sanguinea

 

What the heck? Our Nepenthes sanguinea (I think it’s ‘pink’) has been gorging on ants recently. We’ve looked all over for aphids and can’t find them anywhere. I think they’re just loving the oozing sap stuff dripping out of the pitchers.

 

Ant party

It’s a big swarm of ants in a pitcher! Yuck. I went a little crazy with a spray bottle filled with distilled water after this picture was taken. Most of them turned into pitcher plant food.  Or maybe not.  I found an article from Nepenthes from Borneo that says that most Nepenthes don’t eat ants, but offer an exchange of sweet tasting sap.  The ants get the sap in exchange for them attracting bugs that the Nepenthes do eat, and the ants help clean the cups.

 

Random sundew

 

I threw this guy in a jar months ago and can’t believe it’s doing this well. We have a couple different sundews, and they’ve all been pretty easy to take care of. So easy I can mess around with all the extra pups by sticking them in glass. All of our carnivores like sitting in water (we’re paranoid and use distilled).

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 12, 2010 4:37 am

    That sundew is amazing! Really beautiful.

  2. October 12, 2010 6:37 am

    Distilled water is best. If not, we find a teaspoon of vinegar in a gallon of water works too.

  3. October 14, 2010 9:59 pm

    Yay! Carnivores! That’s a straight up ant-fest right there. Yummy!

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