The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Massachusetts and Vermont in 2006

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I retreated to the shade of the conifers to snack and hydrate. I discovered the remains of an old mylar party balloon on a string, and bothered with cutting it loose from the foliage it had become entangled upon. I stuffed the damned trash into a gearbag to pack out.

I then continued looking at the plants at the bog. I investigated, in particular, the arthropodal inhabitants of the pitchers. Dissecting this pitcher, I found it contained the long, semi-transparent larvae of the midge Metriocnemus knabi. This carnivorous arthropod feasts upon the prey that drown in the pitcher fluids.

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©Barry Rice, 2005