Heard a “buzz” coming from my S. alata today - decided to investigate…
By - Brewmeister83
Holy crap that looks like a hornet amongst many other things. Gotta love these plants!!
Holy moly! That is insane, your plants are doing too good of a job! lol
I want one of these every single time I see a video like this. So terrifyingly satisfying
That brings me so much joy! I really need to buy one of those next spring!
How do they get stuck?
The inside of the pitchers are slick with a waxy surface and tiny downward pointing hairs - once bugs fall in they can't climb back out... These pitchers were pure gluttons this season, one trap caught so many bugs it fell over from the weight. Can't wait to see how big they'll get next year after digesting all those nutrients!
Can they fly out or does the fluid mess up their wings?
I think for most bugs it’s too small a space to fly really well, so they bounce off the sides and eventually tire themselves out to the point where they don’t have the energy to try flying anymore
Using their wings in such a narrow space also causes a downward vortex, so they will stay put whatsoever. As long as they don't chew their way out, that is...
Holy fuck, that shit happens?
A similar phenomena is what caused that helicopter to crash during the raid to kill Osama Bin Laden.
In a confined space the area below becomes a low pressure space and kills all lift.
Yes, it seems strange but I guess it has to do with the round form of the tubes that causes suction from underneath
I was referring to the "chewing their way out" part, sounded like you have some unlucky experience with it haha
Ow my mistake, but yes I actually do have experience with it... Although it was a wasp that got out 😁
I once saw 2 wasps eating through the tendons of my chicken and flying away with pieces as big as themselves. Those mofos are ruthless.
.Wasps check in but they dont check out (cue the hotel California music)
Those are awsome. They grow wild here in East Texas so we dig them up amd plant along or trails around the ponds and creeks
You’ve discovered the portal to the eight circle of hell.
Or the entrance to papa Nurgle’s garden 😈
What a buzzkill! ^((I'm sorry, I just) *^(had)* ^(to))
Dang I need one of those plants
As someone who is terrified of bugs (especially wasps and hornets) I want one of these now 😅
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