Post by Michael Catalani on Apr 4, 2007 16:46:35 GMT
Nice catch by the plant. Clearly it did not appreciate the gift the mouse left on its leaves.
My larger Nepenthes routinely caught mice in the winter time. Mice could cause some problems within my greenhouse during the winter. If there was ice or snow cover outside, they would be hard pressed to find food. They would make their way into the greenhouse and chew off some smaller pitchers to consume the prey that was caught by the pitchers. N. truncatas caught quite a few of these mice, probably because they were sturdy enough plants for the mice to climb on and get caught. They are certainly large enough.
Thank you for your postings. During the last days I received a nice feedback to our pictures and beside our domestic newspaper even the Indonesian journal "TRUBUS" was interested to print them. Unexpected to me were the number of emails containing reports of caught mice in diverse greenhouses in the USA, UK, Sri Lanka, France and Germany. When I posted the story I thought mice are caught only accidentally but meanwhile it seems to me that bigger Nepenthes traps are really made to catch bigger animals and thus small rodents are obviously within the spectrum of targeted prey.
Post by Michael Catalani on Apr 18, 2007 16:08:24 GMT
When I posted the story I thought mice are caught only accidentally but meanwhile it seems to me that bigger Nepenthes traps are really made to catch bigger animals and thus small rodents are obviously within the spectrum of targeted prey.
Whats kind of funny is that my large Nepenthes truncatas loved ants. I had cut off an old pitcher and dumped the contents out, and it was like a giant mound of sawdust. Millions of them. So while it could feast on large animals, it was filling up on the smallest of prey.
I agree, and for the most part, Nepenthes seem to feed mostly on ants; almost every species and hybrid I have. N. bicalcurata is in fact an "ant plant" having a hollow pit in the tendril just before the pitcher, in which ants drill in and make a home. Many Nepenthes secrete nectar on the leaves and tendrils and lure the ants into their pitchers.
When I grew a few of them outdoors, almost all of the pitchers became full of ants to the point where many began to rot if they didn’t have enough liquid in the pitchers. I made it a point to keep water in the pitchers, and filled up the pitchers about twice a week.
... not suffering from insanity, but rather enjoying it actually!
Meanwhile the Truncata developed the next pitcher. Obviously the plant took its benefit from those five days of "mouse-extraction". The new trap is 36 cm, even eight cm larger than the mouse-trap before .