Can a carnivorous plant do without insects?

Can a carnivorous plant do without insects?

The carnivorous plant, notorious for its name, actually only eats insects. Would you like to know if the plant actually needs insects? Then be sure to read our blog.

Carnivorous plants are often described in films and cartoons as those very large plants in the jungle that could swallow a human or animal, but this is not true. The carnivorous plant actually only eats insects, which helps them to grow and survive.

The carnivorous plant can take little or no food from the soil. This makes insects so important for the carnivorous plant. This is also the reason why a carnivorous plant has so many traps. There is always something snagged.

Types of traps

In the carnivorous plant family, there are more than 750 species and each plant has its own habitat in which it grows. In addition, each carnivorous plant has its own method of catching insects and therefore each species has its own food.

Each carnivorous plant uses its own type of trap to catch and digest an insect. These captured insects are the food source for the carnivorous plant. The nutrient-poor soil cannot provide this. There is something that every carnivorous plant has in common and that is, they all use a sweet nectar substance. Would you like to read more about the carnivorous plant species and their traps?

The conclusion

A carnivorous plant, regardless of species, does need insects to survive. They get very little or no nutrition from the soil. In fact, you often see that a carnivorous plant grows on soil that is poor in nutrients. In addition, a carnivorous plant does not need extra feeding either. This is only the case when a carnivorous plant cannot get enough food from the soil. So this is the little bit that they would get out of the soil in nature.

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