The larvae of flesh flies live in the water trap of pitcher plants and withstand the digestive enzyme juices meant to break down organisms.

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“Consider the pitcher plant, carnivorous, or meat-eating plant found in Canadian bogsA flesh fly larva lives in the water trap, as does a mosquito and a midge, and they are all adapted to withstand the digestive enzymes that the plant excretes to break down the terrestrial insects it captures in the water trap. Each insect occupies a different position in the water trap. Most important, none of the insects can live anywhere else but in these exact spots.” (Forsyth 1992:39)

Exploring the World of Insects: The Equinox Guide to Insect BehaviourOctober 30, 1992
Adrian Forsyth

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Flesh FliesSarcophagidaeFamily

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