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In habitats like bogs and rainforests plants employ carnivory to satiate their needs for nutrients. You may be familiar with Venus Fly Traps which have hair triggers on their leaves that snap shut when insects and small frogs activate them. Today we want to introduce you to two more fascinating types of carnivorous plants.

Sundews, use a 'flytrap' technique to ensnare and digest prey with their mobile glue-tipped tentacles and digestive glands like some sort of nightmarish terrestrial sea-anemone. Occurring worldwide and with nearly 200 species, Drosera are extremely diverse, ranging from tiny annual rosettes to small perennial bushes.

Carnivorous pitcher plants (Nepenthes) use a 'pitfall' technique to ensnare their prey. The slippery-rimmed traps are designed to lure and consume insects and even small animals to supplement the plant’s nutrition. In Borneo we find specialized dung-eating pitcher plants. These remarkable plants are highly nutrient dependent on the droppings of small mammals that visit their pitchers to feed on nectar. Check out the shrews making a deposit while snacking on nectar.

Not all animals that come in contact with pitcher plants become a meal. One of the world's smallest frog species (Microhyla nepenthicola) will lay its eggs nowhere else than in the watery chambers of Borneo's Flask-shaped Pitcher Plant, making them completely dependent on the plants. The tadpoles grow in relative safety, except when they are faced with other water-dwelling predators including huge carnivorous mosquitoes. After several weeks they will mature into tiny froglets and make their escape from the pitcher.
Oblong-leaved Sundew (Drosera intermedia) with trapped dragonfly  -  Willi Rolfes/ NIS
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70035359 Oblong-leaved Sundew (Drosera intermedia) with trapped dragonfly© Willi Rolfes/ NIS
Matang Narrow-mouthed Frog (Microhyla nepenthicola) male at pitcher of Flask-Shaped Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes ampullaria) which where the eggs will be laid, Kubah National Park, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00447957 Matang Narrow-mouthed Frog (Microhyla nepenthicola) male at pitcher of Flask-Shaped Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes ampullaria) which where the eggs will be laid, Kubah National Park, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula) with captured spider, southern Brazil  -  Claus Meyer
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00300546 Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula) with captured spider, southern Brazil© Claus Meyer
Matang Narrow-mouthed Frog (Microhyla nepenthicola) froglet climbing out of pitcher plant in which it was born, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00551666 Matang Narrow-mouthed Frog (Microhyla nepenthicola) froglet climbing out of pitcher plant in which it was born, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Cobra Lily (Darlingtonia californica) carnivorous plant, Florence, Oregon
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00643356 Cobra Lily (Darlingtonia californica) carnivorous plant, Florence, Oregon© Jaymi Heimbuch
Matang Narrow-mouthed Frog (Microhyla nepenthicola) tadpoles in a pitcher of Flask-shaped Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes ampullaria), Kubah National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00453471 Matang Narrow-mouthed Frog (Microhyla nepenthicola) tadpoles in a pitcher of Flask-shaped Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes ampullaria), Kubah National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Sundew (Drosera burmannii) with trapped prey, Bokor National Park, Cambodia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00541850 Sundew (Drosera burmannii) with trapped prey, Bokor National Park, Cambodia© Chien Lee
Pitcher Plant (Heliamphora pulchella) filled with water, Venezuela  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00439563 Pitcher Plant (Heliamphora pulchella) filled with water, Venezuela© Chien Lee
Low's Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes lowii) derives nitrogen nutrients from droppings of Mountain Tree Shrew (Tupaia montana) which are attracted to the nectar secretions, inevitably leaving their scat in t...  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00453284 Low's Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes lowii) derives nitrogen nutrients from droppings of Mountain Tree Shrew (Tupaia montana) which are attracted to the nectar secretions, inevitably leaving their scat in t...© Chien Lee
Matang Narrow-mouthed Frog (Microhyla nepenthicola) tadpoles in a pitcher of Flask-shaped Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes ampullaria), Kubah National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00453472 Matang Narrow-mouthed Frog (Microhyla nepenthicola) tadpoles in a pitcher of Flask-shaped Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes ampullaria), Kubah National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes hamata), Gunung Lumut, Indonesia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00541798 Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes hamata), Gunung Lumut, Indonesia© Chien Lee
Bush Frog (Philautus nepenthophilus) inside Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes hurrelliana) in montane forest, new species named in 2021,  that lives in and lays eggs in a single species of pitcher plant, Mount...  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00439681 Bush Frog (Philautus nepenthophilus) inside Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes hurrelliana) in montane forest, new species named in 2021, that lives in and lays eggs in a single species of pitcher plant, Mount...© Chien Lee
Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula) with captured House Fly (Musca domestica), Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands
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00597881 Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula) with captured House Fly (Musca domestica), Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands© Chris Ruijter/ NIS
Great Sundew (Drosera anglica) carnivorous plant trapping an insect, increasingly rare in North America  -  Jan van Arkel/ NiS
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00283521 Great Sundew (Drosera anglica) carnivorous plant trapping an insect, increasingly rare in North America© Jan van Arkel/ NiS
Sundew (Drosera binata) a carnivorous plant with captured ant, Atlantic Forest ecosystem, Brazil  -  Claus Meyer
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00300035 Sundew (Drosera binata) a carnivorous plant with captured ant, Atlantic Forest ecosystem, Brazil© Claus Meyer
Sundew (Drosera regia) a carnivorous plant, with trapped ant in its sticky leaves, Cerrado ecosystem, Brazil  -  Claus Meyer
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00300274 Sundew (Drosera regia) a carnivorous plant, with trapped ant in its sticky leaves, Cerrado ecosystem, Brazil© Claus Meyer
Sundew (Drosera binata) a carnivorous plant, with rapped bee in its sticky leaves, Cerrado ecosystem, Brazil  -  Claus Meyer
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00300276 Sundew (Drosera binata) a carnivorous plant, with rapped bee in its sticky leaves, Cerrado ecosystem, Brazil© Claus Meyer
Sundew (Drosera sp) leaf and sticky tentacles, West Stoney Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301268 Sundew (Drosera sp) leaf and sticky tentacles, West Stoney Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Carnivorous Plant (Drosera hirticalyx) group, Mount Roraima, Venezuela  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00439604 Carnivorous Plant (Drosera hirticalyx) group, Mount Roraima, Venezuela© Chien Lee
Sundew (Drosera binata) with a cricket in its clutches  -  Mitsuaki Iwago
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00125554 Sundew (Drosera binata) with a cricket in its clutches© Mitsuaki Iwago
Oblong-leaved Sundew (Drosera intermedia) with dew which attracts and catches prey, Bavaria, Germany  -  Konrad Wothe
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00465706 Oblong-leaved Sundew (Drosera intermedia) with dew which attracts and catches prey, Bavaria, Germany© Konrad Wothe
Oblong-leaved Sundew (Drosera intermedia) with dew which attracts and catches prey, Bavaria, Germany  -  Konrad Wothe
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00465708 Oblong-leaved Sundew (Drosera intermedia) with dew which attracts and catches prey, Bavaria, Germany© Konrad Wothe
Sundew (Drosera ultramafica), newly described species, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00480595 Sundew (Drosera ultramafica), newly described species, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Sundew (Drosera macrophylla) with trapped fly prey, Western Australia, Australia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00480610 Sundew (Drosera macrophylla) with trapped fly prey, Western Australia, Australia© Chien Lee
Butterwort (Pinguicula casabitoana), Ebano Verde Scientific Reserve, Dominican Republic  -  Kevin Schafer
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00480913 Butterwort (Pinguicula casabitoana), Ebano Verde Scientific Reserve, Dominican Republic© Kevin Schafer
Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) caught in Oblong-leaved Sundew (Drosera intermedia) spiderweb, Drenthe, Netherlands
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00553043 Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) caught in Oblong-leaved Sundew (Drosera intermedia) spiderweb, Drenthe, Netherlands© Jogchum Reitsma/ NiS
Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula) with fly prey, trap sprung by touching trigger hairs at leaf base, found in swamps  -  Stephen Dalton
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00770943 Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula) with fly prey, trap sprung by touching trigger hairs at leaf base, found in swamps© Stephen Dalton
Tree Frog (Hylidae) emerging from the shelter of a carnivorous Bromeliad (Brocchinia reducta), Venezuela  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00439562 Tree Frog (Hylidae) emerging from the shelter of a carnivorous Bromeliad (Brocchinia reducta), Venezuela© Chien Lee
Sundew (Drosera sp) with trapped ant prey, carnivorous plant that grows in bog habitats, Europe  -  Stephen Dalton
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00771335 Sundew (Drosera sp) with trapped ant prey, carnivorous plant that grows in bog habitats, Europe© Stephen Dalton
Sundew (Drosera sp) with trapped flies, carnivorous plant that grows in bog habitats, Europe  -  Stephen Dalton
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00771337 Sundew (Drosera sp) with trapped flies, carnivorous plant that grows in bog habitats, Europe© Stephen Dalton
Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula) with fly prey, native to North Carolina  -  Stephen Dalton
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00771341 Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula) with fly prey, native to North Carolina© Stephen Dalton
Purple Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea) with captured prey, native to Canada and the United States  -  Albert Lleal
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00780052 Purple Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea) with captured prey, native to Canada and the United States© Albert Lleal
Cape Sundew (Drosera capensis) with caught spider, native to South Africa  -  Albert Lleal
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00780061 Cape Sundew (Drosera capensis) with caught spider, native to South Africa© Albert Lleal
Sundew (Drosera scorpioides) sticky spine close up, Perth, Australia  -  Albert Lleal
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00780091 Sundew (Drosera scorpioides) sticky spine close up, Perth, Australia© Albert Lleal
Great Sundew (Drosera anglica), Bavaria, Germany  -  Konrad Wothe
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00517397 Great Sundew (Drosera anglica), Bavaria, Germany© Konrad Wothe
Hardwicke's Woolly Bat (Kerivoula hardwickii) arriving at Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes hemsleyana) pitcher to roost, Brunei  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00518976 Hardwicke's Woolly Bat (Kerivoula hardwickii) arriving at Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes hemsleyana) pitcher to roost, Brunei© Chien Lee
Common Butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris) flowering, carnivorous plant ranging across North America, Asia and Europe  -  Wil Meinderts/ Buiten-beeld
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00284605 Common Butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris) flowering, carnivorous plant ranging across North America, Asia and Europe© Wil Meinderts/ Buiten-beeld
Sundew (Drosera binata) a carnivorous plant with an ant trapped in its sticky hairs, Atlantic Forest ecosystem, Brazil  -  Claus Meyer
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00300018 Sundew (Drosera binata) a carnivorous plant with an ant trapped in its sticky hairs, Atlantic Forest ecosystem, Brazil© Claus Meyer
Oblong-leaved Sundew (Drosera intermedia) attracting damselflies to prey upon, Bavaria, Germany  -  Konrad Wothe
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00465704 Oblong-leaved Sundew (Drosera intermedia) attracting damselflies to prey upon, Bavaria, Germany© Konrad Wothe
Marsh Pitcher Plant (Heliamphora nutans), Mount Roraima, Venezuela  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00439600 Marsh Pitcher Plant (Heliamphora nutans), Mount Roraima, Venezuela© Chien Lee
Oblong-leaved Sundew (Drosera intermedia) showing sticky leaf hairs, Epe, Gelderland, Netherlands  -  Do van Dijk/ NiS
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00440648 Oblong-leaved Sundew (Drosera intermedia) showing sticky leaf hairs, Epe, Gelderland, Netherlands© Do van Dijk/ NiS
Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) caught in Oblong-leaved Sundew (Drosera intermedia) spiderweb, Drenthe, Netherlands
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00553042 Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) caught in Oblong-leaved Sundew (Drosera intermedia) spiderweb, Drenthe, Netherlands© Jogchum Reitsma/ NiS
Mountain Tree Shrew (Tupaia montana) feeding on Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes rajah) nectar, inevitably leaving its scat in the pitcher which is a valuable nitrogen source in their impoverished mountain ha...  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00453445 Mountain Tree Shrew (Tupaia montana) feeding on Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes rajah) nectar, inevitably leaving its scat in the pitcher which is a valuable nitrogen source in their impoverished mountain ha...© Chien Lee
Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula) with fly prey, native to North Carolina  -  Stephen Dalton
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00771357 Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula) with fly prey, native to North Carolina© Stephen Dalton
Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes rajah) world's largest variety, Kinabalu National Park, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00441477 Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes rajah) world's largest variety, Kinabalu National Park, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Flask-shaped Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes ampullaria), Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo, Indonesia  -  Thomas Marent
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00450025 Flask-shaped Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes ampullaria), Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo, Indonesia© Thomas Marent
Narrow-leaved Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes stenophylla) upper pitcher, Bareo, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00453205 Narrow-leaved Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes stenophylla) upper pitcher, Bareo, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Oblong-leaved Sundew (Drosera intermedia), Buurse, Netherlands  -  Misja Smits/ Buiten-beeld
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00514766 Oblong-leaved Sundew (Drosera intermedia), Buurse, Netherlands© Misja Smits/ Buiten-beeld
Oblong-leaved Sundew (Drosera intermedia) showing sticky leaf hairs, Turnhout, Belgium  -  Wouter Pattyn/ Buiten-beeld
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00515414 Oblong-leaved Sundew (Drosera intermedia) showing sticky leaf hairs, Turnhout, Belgium© Wouter Pattyn/ Buiten-beeld
Common Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia), Appelscha, Netherlands  -  Gert Buter/ Buiten-beeld
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00517056 Common Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia), Appelscha, Netherlands© Gert Buter/ Buiten-beeld
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