Killer plants are actually much smarter than we think
It's hard to believe these beautiful plants are deadly killers and perhaps even smarter than we thought.
A new study says these pitcher plants, can turn their thirst for blood off and on making them stealthy, clever killers. The study, published in the Royal Society Journal proceedings B explains how the plants can attract more ants by turning off their traps.
Here's how it works:
The ants are enticed by the sweet smelling nectar in the plants.
The slippery walls of the pitcher force the ants to slide down to their death.
But, by turning off that slippery trap, the scout ants can check out the nectar without falling in, then go back and tell the other ants to follow them back to the feast.
The pitcher then turns it's killing machine back on and the parade of ants meet their doom.