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North and South Carolina low country, 2007

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Clothed again, I noticed these pitchers were damaged. The tip of the pitcher at top-left is browned from a late frost. The grey pitchers are from the previous year, and their toppled nature suggests old damage from Exyra moths. I noticed some had holes cut in their sides, presumably the Exyra? Or was a wasp involved?

Some other interesting symptoms of insect activity include this pitcher top plugged with frass. I saw an insect exploring some of the pitchers and I took photographs of it. However, upon my return I learned that this bug was just a sawfly and was not known to have any particular relationship with Sarracenia pitchers.

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