Insectivorous


 
An amazing number of animals, birds, insects and plants are Insectivorous, but when you realise that insects are the largest living food resource on the planet, that should be no surprise.

A Mantis


An amazing number of animals, birds, insects and plants are Insectivorous, but when you realise that insects are the largest living food resource on the planet, that should be no surprise.

A wasp


Some plants have evolved to cope with impoverished, often boggy conditions. To suppliment their need for feed, they have become insectivores.
Probably the best known insectivorous plant, is the venus flytrap, native to the USA. This plant catches insects in modified leaves. An insect walking on the leaf may touch hairs on the leaf, triggering it to close. This reaction is the fastest known movement of any plant.

The trap will then exeude a digestive juice, dissolving the insect. The juice is then reabsorbed, feeding the plant.

The venus flytrap


Another widely distributed insectivorous plant genus are the Sundews.

Sundews have hundreds of stickey hairs which trap the insect, which is then digested.

Sundews are used as a herbal remedy for coughs.

Sundews


Allen. C. Roffey 13:35 17/01/2003