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Plant Eats Worms Underground

You’ve read about plants that eat animals, like the Venus Flytrap and the Pitcher Plant. Philcoxia does it, too, but you can’t see it, because this Brazilian plant works underground, using sticky leaves that grow under the soil. Researchers Caio Pereira and Peter Fritsch have been studying how Philcoxia gets its nutrients. In 2007, Peter Fritsch [...]

Alternate Alternative Fuel for Robots of the Future

In what seems like the perfect solution to everything (or an episode of What Could Possibly Go Wrong?!), a pair of prototypes hint at a future in which robots eat bugs for fuel. Forget charging batteries or docking in your very own R2D2 — these autonomous, self-feeding droids could easily run along happily without us. [...]

The Late Movies: 13 Carnivorous Plants Eating Insects…and More

Tonight, prepare to be a little grossed out: videos of carnivorous plants eating stuff. Not for the faint of heart! Sundew vs. Fruit Fly Timelapse Taken over six hours. Venus Flytrap vs. Slug The audio is just buzzing, making it even more bizarre. Venus Flytrap vs. Fly Tense. Audio is bad/unimportant. Venus Flytrap vs. Butterfly and Frog That might actually [...]

Carnivorous Plants: Hungry & Gorgeous

“QUANTUM SHOT” #654Link – article by M. Christian and A. Abrams Passive-Aggressive, Green and Very Hungry! You have to admit, it does make a kind of twisted sense: After all, we’ve been feasting on their fibrous, nutrition-packed stems, leaves, tubers, and fruits since we began to actually eat the salad that came with our steaks so, naturally, [...]

Tomatoes as Carnivorous Plants

Have you ever wondered why tomatoes, potatoes, and some other plants have hairy stems? Of course not. Neither have I, until I encountered an explanation in the Telegraph yesterday. Botanists have discovered for the first time that the plants are carnivorous predators who kill insects in order to “self-fertilise” themselves. New research shows that they capture [...]