The internal walls of pitcher plants prevent insects from escaping by clogging their feet with a flaky, waxy substance and being rough.

“The plant lures animals, from insects to amphibians to rats and even birds, into a modified leaf that forms a bowl. It does this by a combination of color, nectar, and scent.” (Zygote Quarterly)

Learn more about the pitcher plant’s strategy in Tom McKeag’s case study, “Return of the Swamp Thing” on page 16 of Zygote Quarterly:

Last Updated November 3, 2020